Polestar has announced details for apps to be available in its Polestar 2 EV, a company press release dated 23 July showed. Polestar 2 is the world’s first car to feature an Android Automotive OS powering an infotainment system, with built-in Google apps and services plus three years of internet connectivity included in the purchase price.
Polestar will release a new version of its system emulator for the Android Studio development platform, with integrated Google apps and services, making it possible for developers to test voice control and other integrations in their apps while work is in progress, allowing them to see and control the apps similarly as users will inside the Polestar 2.
“By partnering with Google, we ensure that the infotainment system stays as cutting edge in the future as it is today. Developers are able to join the open ecosystem to adapt appropriate apps for use in the car and create new ones. Customers will benefit from a car that seamlessly integrates into their digital lives,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.
Significance: Polestar 2 customers can download apps for podcasts, radio, audiobooks, and music though Google PlayStore accessible at the center display. The apps can be accessed with voice control with commands such as ‘Hey Google, play some music’ thanks to the integrated Google Assistant.
Apps scheduled to be available in Polestar 2 include podcast apps Castbox and Pocket Casts; library app Libby; radio apps iHeartRadio, Swedish Radio Play and NRK Radio; Bauer Media Audio’s Magic Radio and Radioplayer apps; and also music and podcast app Spotify.