Audi to showcase new Android operating system on its Q8 Sport concept

Ken Copeland
May 17, 2017

Volvo says that the relationship will revolutionize how owners engage and interact with their cars thanks to connected and predictive services.

Examples of how it could be used include launching Spotify through the car's touch screen then running it in the background while the screen displays Google Maps, avoiding the need to use smartphones during the process. Whereas users now project car-specific versions of apps to a dashboard running other software; full Android integration will allow Android to independently power he entire system. We will keep you updated on the developments of this feature coming to iOS, including getting you the release date of that once we know more about this upcoming expansion.

Both Volvo and Audi appear to have been given a lot of leeway with the UI in the screenshots on Google's blog, things look to be skinned pretty heavily.

The three-day Google I/O, which begins May 17 at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, is considered as the largest and most important developer conference in the software industry worldwide.

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Volvo believes that by putting Android at the core of its cars, it will always be able to offer its clients the latest connected vehicle technology and digital services.

Audi and Volvo announced that they are teaming up with Google to help grow Google's Android Auto program. The foundation for this is the Android platform.

Today Google's only spot in the automotive market is Android Auto, which is not an operating system. As a third party iOS app, all interactions with Assistant would likely happen within the app, meaning you'd have to open the app first, not press a button or utter a wake word. Volvo on Monday announced plans to launch it on new models within two years (including in the XC60, pictured above); Audi plans to do the same. Volvo has skinned Android to make it look like its old OS. More information will also be presented during a session on Wednesday when an update on Android Auto is covered.

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