The JBL Link Bar is a hybrid device created by a Google/JBL partnership.
We expect to see Google expand on this at Google IO in the next couple of days but it’s change into stable version is a big step towards many more IoT devices with full Google Assistant support.
No pricing information has been revealed at this point in time but Google did say that JBL will start selling the Link Bar later this year in the fall. Ahead of the I/O conference that kicks off tomorrow, Google is giving a preview of an upcoming Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker, and it’s not meant to go on your nightstand-it’s meant to fit under your TV. Also arriving with a new name, a recently leaked FCC filing shows that a 4K Android TV dongle is in the works, solving the issue that many 4K TV buyers are facing, which is access to video content that can demonstrate the capabilities of 4K UHD HDR sets. And Volvo gets to design how the infotainment system gets baked into its cars, which means that you can be sure that it will be done in a way to maximize safety. Companies interested in collaborating on Android Things implementations directly with Google are being encouraged to get in touch with the firm directly through a contact form available through the banner below, though space is limited and only the most innovative and thought-out use cases are likely to be accepted. Besides that, support for Actions was also added that lets you do things like turn on your connected oven, and the ability to hear responses to questions from your watch, just like on your phone.
And the best media streaming device you can buy is…… While we’re not holding our breath for an optimized version of Android for tablets or a new Oreo tablet, we wouldn’t mind seeing a Chromebook tablet from Google.
The use of Android Things console for software updates is however limited to 100 active devices for non-commercial use and developers looking to ship a commercial product running on Android Things must sign a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit. Would you buy a single unit device that has all these features? Apple now offers “do not disturb” modes that limit an iPhone’s function overnight or while driving, but parents can not trigger those modes on their kids’ devices.
Microsoft’s platform is also available on devices with much smaller footprints.