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Volvo shows off the Polestar 3’s sweet new Android Automotive interface

The full Polestar 3 design isn't revealed yet, but Volvo released this camouflaged photo.
Enlarge / The full Polestar 3 design isn’t revealed yet, but Volvo released this camouflaged photo.

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Volvo, Qualcomm, Google are teaming up to make car infotainment even more smartphone-like than ever. If Wintel (Windows plus Intel) is the default software+hardware combo of the PC era, then the smartphone equivalent has got to be Android and Qualcomm (Andcom? Qualdroid?). Volvo is bringing this combo to the upcoming Polestar 3 electric SUV, which is due sometime in 2022. We also got a sneak peek at what the new interface would look like.

Volvo’s Polestar 2 was the first to ship Google’s Android Automotive OS in a car. Unlike Android Auto or Apple’s CarPlay, which run on your smartphone, Android Automotive OS has a custom version of Android preinstalled on the car, as the main car infotainment OS. Even if you have an iPhone, your car still runs Android. The Polestar 2

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Honda cars will get Google’s Android Automotive OS by 2022

Google just announced some big changes to Android Auto and their car OS, adding lots of new features and new car compatibility.

For the first time ever, Google is partnering with Honda to give their cars Android Automotive OS, a built-in operating system. The OS was first debuted in a car just last year with the Polestar 2, under Volvo’s Polestar electric performance brand. Since then, companies such as Renault, General Motors, and Ford have taken interest and said that cars with the OS will be launching soon.

Other than the Honda 2022 cars, you can expect the Chevy Silverado and the Renault Mégane E-Tech to run on Android Automotive OS as well.

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If you don’t want to wait until next year to use Google’s software in your car, you can still use Android Auto. In fact, they just announced some

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Honda will use Google’s embedded Android Automotive in its cars starting in 2022

Google nabbed another big automaker in its quest to become the default operating system for cars. Honda will soon begin rolling out vehicles with Google’s embedded Android Automotive OS, which includes Google’s voice-activated Assistant, Google Maps, and other automotive-approved Android apps as the default infotainment.

The first Honda vehicles with embedded Android will start rolling out in 2022. The Japanese automaker wouldn’t say which models it expects to get the new infotainment systems first.

“We will collaborate with Google to better integrate Google in-vehicle services in our vehicles including the ability to more-easily use features like Google Assistant, Google Maps functionality and other in-vehicle apps offered through Google Play,” a Honda spokesperson said in an email.

To be clear, Android Automotive is distinct from Android Auto. The former is the car’s default infotainment system, controlling

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Android Auto Vs Android Automotive: What’s The Difference?

Android Auto may be highly popular, but Google is fixing to replace it with Android Automotive which offers deeper integration with Google services.

 

Android Auto is already a part of more than 100 million cars around the world, but Google is working on different automotive software — unimaginatively named ‘Android Automotive’ — that it hopes will eventually be embraced by most automakers. It is slowly but surely replacing Android Auto in an increasing number of cars, and early adopters include some of the biggest names in the business, like Volvo, Audi, Lincoln, Renault, and Cadillac. Even the new Hummer EV will ship with Android Automotive, as will the upcoming Renault Magane E-Tech Electric, which just debuted in Berlin recently.


The number of auto companies ditching Android Auto in favor of Android Automotive keeps growing, with industry insiders predicting a bigger exodus as time passes. Polestar was one of the first

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