Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Volvo teams up with Google for Google Assistant, Play Store and Maps

Volvo teams up with Google for Google Assistant, Play Store and Maps

Google has teamed up with JBL for the first Google Assistant powered soundbar, with the JBL Link Bar effectively baking together its voice AI and an Android TV box.

Google have also confirmed that they have been working closely with LG and iHome on their smart speakers and with Lenovo, LG, and JBL on their smart displays which will have Google Assistant and Chromecast integration. 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.

The JBL Link Bar will have a demo session at Google I/O 2018 in the Android Sandbox.

According to Google, this is "the first in a series of hybrid devices that delivers a full Assistant speaker and Android TV experience". This combination speaker bar, smart speaker, and Android TV hub will turn pretty much any television into a smart streaming powerhouse.

Android derivatives aim to provide users with a consistent interface across devices, while Google and its business partners benefit from a standard way to distribute their applications. While Google supports boards like Raspberry Pi, Microsoft promises support for all types of boards. Do let us know via the comments section. "We think we're setting a new benchmark for infotainment (in cars)".

While Google does not charge hardware manufacturers for Android, it expects consumers to use new gadgets to continue using its search product, watch videos on YouTube and buy content from its Play Store. All four come with a guarantee of three years' worth of software support, with reference designs utilizing them and development hardware meant to help companies start production being set to become available to interested parties "in the coming months". Google is teasing "a brand new media experience for Android Auto, both on your phone screen and on your vehicle display, making it easier and faster than ever before to surface content to users" in its I/O app. It's a Google Home. Four times as many smart TV shipments past year had Samsung's operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit.

Although officially Google IO doesn't begin until tomorrow that hasn't stopped Google from beginning their announcements.

Google will be demoing Link Bar at I/O this week, so we'll report on new information as we receive it. Think about the Smart Displays that were shown off at CES earlier this year.

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