Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

This JBL Link Bar is Google's first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

This JBL Link Bar is Google's first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

Android Things has been based on Android Oreo since its fifth developer preview, with its premier stable version unsurprisingly using the 8.1 version of Google's OS as its framework basis, offering access to both the Google Assistant and Google's other machine learning technologies. Android TV had "tremendous traction over the last year" from Asian cable and satellite operators seeking it for set-top boxes, said Google product management director Shalini Govil-Pai. Google took Android, its open-source mobile operating system that runs on Linux and is designed for smartphones and tablets, and modified it so it could be used in cars. If rumours are to be believed, Android P might incorporate some of Apple's iPhone's features. In a blog post, the company details a few new tweaks that are coming to the system, starting with the arrival of better group messaging. We'll be there to share all of the new announcements made, but Google is getting a jump start on things with a sneak peek at some changes happening to Android Auto in the near future.

Google had previously announced incoming integration with Volvo cars.

At the beginning of this year, Google chose to change the name from Android Wear to Wear OS, to show that it is compatible with both Android as well as iOS.

Google may have gone quiet on Android Things after its initial debut more than a year ago, but it has been hard at work on the effort.

Along with the bringing of the software into version 1.0 Google are announcing the support for System-on-Modules (SoMs) based on the NXP i.MX8M, Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, and MediaTek MT8516 hardware platforms with guaranteed support for three years.

As part of this partnership, Google apps and services will be embedded within Volvo cars.

In each category, Google's Android system posted less market share previous year than manufacturer-customized Android variants, which are less fruitful for Google because they typically are not pre-loaded or compatible with its apps. Do let us know via the comments section.

The JBL Link Bar has four HDMI inputs and can be controlled by Google Assistant.

So we'll see what happens here. Google generally showcases vital Android upgrades, fresh hardware goods, fresh programs, and other company developments in the function.

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