Porsche Embraces Android-Based Infotainment System With Google Built-In

Around the middle of the decade, Porsche will launch a new infotainment system with Google built-in

October 31, 2023 at 20:17

Thanks to a new partnership with Google, models introduced around the middle of the decade will have a modern operating system that allows easy access to Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. The latter is particularly noteworthy as it will give Porsche drivers access to a wide variety of apps such as Amazon Music, Spotify, and iHeart Radio – among others.

Porsche didn’t go into many specifics, but suggested many of the changes will be hidden from view as “customers will continue to find the familiar user interface of the Porsche Communication Management system.” However, customers can expect a vastly improved experience thanks to natural language voice commands, voice-based texting, and built-in Google Maps.

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Porsche Chairman Oliver Blume said, “In addition to timeless design and exceptional performance” customers “want a seamless digital experience.” He added, “This blended ecosystem results from the integration of platforms and apps that customers know from their end devices.”

Google’s Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, expanded on that by saying “We’re excited to partner with Porsche on their goal to bring innovative and helpful in-vehicle experiences to their customers. With an infotainment experience built on Android, drivers will be able to access the latest Google technologies and services in tandem with the best of Porsche design and branding.”

While Porsche and Google are shacking up, the automaker suggested the relationship isn’t exclusive. Quite the opposite as in the future,

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What is Android System Intelligence and how does it work?

Android System Intelligence (ASI) is behind most smart features on devices, from budget phones to high-end tablets. If you’ve updated it several times in the Google Play Store without knowing what it does, you’ll be surprised how far from the basic functionalities it takes you. Using machine learning technology, ASI allows you to apply Live Captions to media, use the Now Playing widget on Pixel phones, and use voice typing, among other features.

Formerly known as Device Personalization Services, Google launched ASI as a core component in 2018 and rebranded it with a new logo in 2021. Although much about it hasn’t changed since then, it’s an unfamiliar feature to many people. If you want to learn how it works and why it’s important, here’s how.

What is Android System Intelligence?

Android System Intelligence is an advanced system app that’s exclusive to the Android Operating System (OS). Think of it in the same light as the System WebView component, which allows you to display web pages within an app instead of in your browser. It’s one of the preinstalled core apps that runs in the background and doesn’t appear in the Apps menu. But you’ll find it in your phone’s settings.

ASI hosts many smart features that make helpful recommendations, simplify tasks, and cause your device to run smoothly. They include the following:

Some features are available on select devices. If you don’t see them on your device, it doesn’t support them. For example, the Now Playing feature is only available on Pixel 4 smartphones and newer models.

  • Live Captions: Your phone listens to audio from media files and generates text. It’s a useful feature for when you have hearing difficulties or are in a noisy place.
  • Live Translate: Convert real-life conversations and audio from videos to text.
  • Assistant Voice
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What is Android System Intelligence? Is it safe to remove?

Android System Intelligence logo on an Android smartphone

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Your Android phone has a host of system apps and services, all with their own tasks. One such app is Android System Intelligence. Google has chosen to name the app rather broadly and vaguely, and it’s not immediately clear what it is, what it does, and why it needs so many permissions. Here’s what you need to know about the Android System Intelligence app and whether you can remove it from your Android smartphone.


Android System Intelligence is a system app on Android that is responsible for a whole host of smart features, including Live Caption, Live Translate, Now Playing, Smart Auto-rotate, and more. The app can be disabled or uninstalled at the cost of losing these features.


What is Android System Intelligence?

Android System Intelligence Play Store listing

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Contrary to popular belief, Android System Intelligence isn’t a new app per se. It’s a rebrand of an older app called “Device Personalization Services,” which was launched with Android 9 Pie back in August 2018.

Android System Intelligence, aka Device Personalization Services, enables many “smart” features on our Android smartphones. The app is present on many Android phones that have Google Play Services installed, but a few of the features it enables are Google Pixel specific and are a primary selling feature of Pixel UI.

Google describes Android System Intelligence as:

Android System Intelligence is a system component within Private Compute Core that powers intelligent features across Android while keeping your data private.

In short, Android System Intelligence is a system app that helps make your smartphone “smart.” The name is rather vague and opaque, but that is due to the “miscellaneous” nature of the features it encompasses.

What does Android System Intelligence do?

google pixel 6a now playing

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But what

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Google Pixel 7 and 6 are finally getting the January 2023 Play system update

You might get an update, but it won’t bump the Play system build to January

Google has been rolling out monthly Play system updates for a few years now. Beginning in January 2022, the company started publishing detailed changelogs highlighting everything new in these releases. The problem is that despite being a monthly update, they don’t always roll out every month. The December 2022 Play system update never made it to Pixel devices, and while Google published the January 2023 update’s release notes right at the beginning of the month, the build was nowhere to be seen. Three weeks into January, Pixel 6 and 7 owners report getting the latest Play system build.


Multiple Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 owners on Reddit are seeing the January 2023 Play system update for download. On the Pixel 7, the update weighs around 63MB, while on the Pixel 6 series, it is about 59MB in size. However, many Pixel users report that installing the latest Play system update does not bump the build to January 2023. Instead, their phone remains on the 1 November 2022 release after the reboot.

We faced the same issue on two of our Pixel 7 units. The 63MB update appeared for download upon checking. After installation, though, the phone remained on the November build. The second unit was updated to Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 after installing the Play system update, but that did not bump the build to January.

A section of Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 users are not seeing any update for download upon checking for the latest Play system build. If you are one of them, update your Google Play Store and Play Services first to see if that changes anything.

Google’s January 2023 release notes for the Play

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