Polestar 2, Volvo’s Tesla Model 3 Competitor Shows Preview Of Android Auto Native Version

Volvo's Polestar 2 shows off its second set of Android Auto native version preview for this month
Volvo's Polestar 2 shows off its second set of Android Auto native version preview for this month (Photo: Pixabay/eminens)

An initial preview of Polestar 2, Android Auto in native version has just been made public.

A mobile web demo released on Wednesday gave out the first glance to the first ever Android Auto in the native version. Polestar, Volvo's performance brand that has just been recently relaunched to be the company's electric performance brand initiated the airing, as per the Electrek Co.

Volvo released the second image of Polestar 2, an all-electric sedan also labeled as "Tesla Model 3 competitor" through an application. The app does not only contain the image preview of the native version of the Android Auto which shows a new picture of the exterior of the Polestar, but the vehicle's user interface details as well.

Unlike the first picture released, the photo released through the Wednesday web demo fits just right with a tablet set on portrait orientation. The screen size is big enough so that drivers and users will not have to be very particular with their taps. This is essential in preventing drivers from distracted driving due to the use of devices.

The verge describes the UI to have four quadrants which seem to be customizable and could be somehow similar to how Apple's CarPlay UI functions. Persistent control bars are present both at the top and bottom of the screen that allows users to browse and explore around the different sections of the user interface.

Some of the sections that a user may explore on the user interface are user profiles, a section for car functions such s regenerative brake settings and page for apps. The UI also has access to the fully integrated versions of Google Play Music, Google Maps and more.

Polestar 2 is the Polestar 1 successor and launched only a year after its predecessor was released. It is also what Volvo considers as their starting point of fulfilling their goal of making all-electric vehicles. The company even made a promise that from the release of the Polestar 2, they are going electric and that they are not going back.

It was in 2017 that Google announced that they are developing an Android Auto native version that will not require the use of smartphones. The announcement was made through 2017 I/O developer conference.  

Among the automakers that heard the announcement, Volvo and Audi were the first ones to boldly response and enter the deal, until finally, Google was able to showcase Volvo's version of the project at 2018 I/O, according to The Verge.

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