The OS will serve as built-in connectivity solution and infotainment system, controlling functions such as air conditioning, the sunroof and windows while also navigating with Google Maps, tapping into apps, streaming Spotify, and soliciting Google Assistant. The app update is also listing possible Google Assistant integration from third party companies, assuming the string, "device_type_google_assistant_speaker" is the giveaway. Today's report also claims the app will only be available in the U.S. at launch. The app would only be available in the U.S. at first, but you might not mind so much when the same sources also hint that Assistant will also provide a boost to Google Photos and appliances, Engadget said. The aforementioned Google Allo hit iTunes on the same day as the Android version this past fall. The new system will still support Apple CarPlay to accommodate iOS users.
A preview of the new system is expected to be presented during this week's Google I/O.
Audi and Volvo announced that they are teaming up with Google to help grow Google's Android Auto program. Google Assistant is not far behind, and its even taken to artificial intelligence to predict the next answer and guess what you might be asking next. This marks the first time the new services have been fully integrated into Audi's brand specific infotainment system.
Google Assistant also made its way to select Android 6.0 Marshmallow phones as well.
Google Assistant is powered by "machine learning and deep-learning-based language processing". It operates similarly to Android Auto and is now reliant on smart devices to work. Currently, Google Assistant is only available on Android phones like the Google Pixel and select devices like Google Home. Though, it is highly unlikely that Google will give a glimpse of final products running the OS at the event. Assistant is reportedly going to be launched as a standalone app for iOS. Microsoft released the Cortana app for both iOS and Android devices back in 2015.