Android Things 1.0 is ready for consumer devices

Google I/O 2018: What to expect

The annual event will run from May 8 to May 10, and for the third year in a row, it will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. 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.

Google and JBL are buddying up to create a one of a kind, hybrid soundbar that is powered by Android TV.

The design of the iPhone X is such that there is no room left for the home button that has been synonymous with iPhones thus far.

Volvo Cars has announced that it is working with Google to embed Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its Sensus infotainment system.

Google Assistant still stands as the firm's prized product and largest competition to Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and to a much lesser extent, Microsoft's Cortana. "Using the Google Assistant, you can easily communicate with a group of friends while keeping your hands on the wheel", Google adds. Google has an hour-long "What's new with Android TV" session scheduled for Day 1, so that could be a clue that interface changes are on the way, too. Today's announcement is an important step in fully realizing Android in the auto and hopefully modernizing an area where cars haven't particularly been well liked.

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. We have seen that till now, Google had nothing interesting to offer in this segment.

First and foremost, let's talk about Google's updates to the Android Auto we've come to know and love over the years.

The JBL Link Bar will land sometime this fall for an undisclosed price. Developers who intend to ship a commercial product running Android Things must sign a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit.

Google announced back in 2016 with the unveiling of Android Things that this would be a way for the company to handle some of the software present in these devices as well as set down the underlying intelligence features.

This has mostly to do with developers, but it should have some interesting reverberations on Android apps.

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