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Google enhances in-car entertainment with Max, and more

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Google is adding several new apps to Android Auto and in-car infotainment systems. The update brings popular streaming services, Max (formerly HBO Max) and Peacock to cars with Android Auto, offering drivers and passengers a wider variety of on-demand content to enjoy on the go.

Google confirmed that many car brands will get the update. This includes models from major manufacturers like Nissan, Ford, Acura, Renault, Honda, Polestar, and Volvo. This ensures that millions of drivers and passengers will benefit from the expanded entertainment options.

Google adds Max, Peacock, Angry Birds and more to Android Auto

The addition of Max and Peacock broadens the entertainment options available on the go. Max, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, boasts a vast library of films and television shows, while Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, offers original content, classic shows, and live sports.

Beyond streaming, Google is also adding the classic Angry Birds game to the mix. This game provides a fun and engaging option for passengers, particularly on longer trips. Additionally, the Uber app is being integrated into Android Auto, allowing drivers to accept trips and deliveries from their car’s home screen.

Lastly, Google is adding a new Google Cast feature to Rivian vehicles. This feature allows Rivian owners to cast video content directly from their phones or tablets to the car’s display. Passengers will particularly benefit from this feature, as they can share videos, movies, or even presentations on the larger in-car screen, enhancing the entertainment experience for everyone on board.

Overall, Google’s focus on in-car entertainment reflects a growing trend in the auto industry. Car manufacturers are prioritizing in-car technology and entertainment features to meet the demand for a more connected and engaging driving experience. By offering more content on Android Auto, Google positions itself as a frontrunner in the evolving landscape of in-car entertainment.

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