Google's Android Things is a new OS for the Internet of Things

Google's Android Things is a new OS for the Internet of Things

Google's Android Things is a new OS for the Internet of Things

Drivers will be able to take advantage of many core Android features including voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Maps and Play Store apps. When you plug the JBL Link Bar into your TV, for example, you can then say "Hey Google" and ask it to play whatever TV show, movie or YouTube content you want to watch or listen to.

"Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google", writes Google's Wayne Piekarski, developer advocate for IoT.

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

Why this matters: Android TV received Google Assistant support late last year and a UI overhaul with the Oreo update earlier this year, but app support is still lacking when compared to Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV. It comes with two integrated microphones and can function as a normal smart speaker when the TV isn't in use. "Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable". But that doesn't mean Volvo's decision to lean on Google was an obvious one. 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".

We know that Android P will have native support for the pervasive "notch" and it might be getting another major overhaul with gesture support just like iPhone X. This ranges from some new visual templates to media search enhancements and even support for group messaging and RCS.

The partnership extends beyond the Android Auto compatibility already baked into new Volvo vehicles.

Assistant on Google Home has improved a lot over the past year, but it's still not as good as it is on our phones. The Pixelbook is basically the gold standard when it comes to Chromebooks, and now that Chrome OS-based tablets are becoming a thing, we hope Google is preparing to unveil a sequel to the Pixel C. Google did not give an official release date for the new product, but said that it would be available in stores in "later fall 2018". Introduced at the past year's I/O, the Lenovo Mirage So Lo standalone day dream VR headset last but not least saw the light of day in CES 2018.

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