Android TV and Google Assistant both built into the JBL Link Bar

Here's why Android P smartphones will be more secure

Here's why Android P smartphones will be more secure

If we were a betting website (which we're not) we'd bet that the JBL Link Bar is likely to take center stage - alongside a number of other new audio devices - at the May 8 event. Google promises that it will ship stability fixes and security patches for three years, though manufacturers will have options for extended support, too. Expect lots of cutting edge stuff on the subject that will cross each of Google's various platforms. So it makes sense that Google wants to include some new visual templates to Android Auto that will place browsable content front and center when an application is opened so you can quickly and easily start the task you're wanting.

Google today revealed that it has teamed up with JBL to develop a new hybrid soundbar that's going to double as an Android TV-powered set-top box as well. When a user asks Google Assistant to search for a song or an artist, Assistant will offer users some alternative suggestions as well.

Given that Google's I/O developer conference starts tomorrow, it's a bit curious that Google decided to make the 1.0 announcement a day early.

Arete Research analyst Richard Kramer, on Android's prior successes in branching out: "If you're charitable, you say it's early". 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.

Google's TV ambitions often take a backseat to Android's other projects, but that might be changing at I/O: A recent FCC filing suggests that a full-fledged Android TV dongle is on the way. Use OS, yet, lately brought brand new Google Assistant characteristics to correct smartwatches.

Spirited Brighton beat Man United to ensure Premier League stay
Brighton manager Chris Hughton was delighted after seeing the Seagulls, who beat United 1-0 in their last top-flight meeting at this venue in 1982, avoid relegation.

Android variants thrive in China, where Google does not operate. Android TV activations doubled last year compared to the year before, while vehicles with Android embedded should arrive next year, company officials told Reuters.

Android Things competes with Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) Greengrass system and Microsoft's (MSFT.O) Windows IoT.

Android Automotive was gaining attention from Indian automakers and from Brazil, said Patrick Brady, a Google engineering vice president.

South Asia and Latin America are bright spots, they said. It's like someone mashed together a high-end speaker bar, a Google Home, and an Android TV media streamer like the Nvidia Shield, all into one sleek-looking package.

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