Android operating systems will debut within two years.

When it comes to infotainment and connectivity systems, Volvo is putting all its eggs in a single basket named Google. The manufacturer from Gothenburg has announced a “close partnership” with the massive technology company to develop next-generation communications systems for Volvo vehicles based on the Android operating system. The system is set to launch on new models within two years.


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“We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group, in a press release. “Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective.”

The partnership means that Volvo customers will have access to a wide range of Android-based apps developed by Google, Volvo, or other third-party developers. The manufacturer is also working with Google to update current Volvo models with Google Local Search; a location-based service app. The update will be released to customers using Sensus Navigation.

As it stands right now, Android Auto is available in a wide variety of vehicles from numerous manufacturers, but it doesn’t function as a core operating system. Whether or not transitioning to an Android OS will affect the availability of Apple Car Play – a popular feature available currently available in Volvo models – is unclear.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next-generation connected cars,” said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android Engineering at Google, in an announcement. “This partnership gives us the opportunity to deliver a more seamless experience to Volvo drivers through a full-featured infotainment platform and rich ecosystem of Android applications and Google services.”

Source: Volvo

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