Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
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Google release Android Things 1.0 on the eve of Google IO

Google release Android Things 1.0 on the eve of Google IO

Last year's I/O brought major changes to Oreo in terms of structure with revamped notifications and streamlined updates.

Next up is the improved search, which will enable developers to integrate their search results into Android Auto. Or just let us jot down a note when we're in bed.

That said, Google has struggled to extend Android's dominance into other areas over the last four years, technology and financial analysts said. These join the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and NXP i.MX7D devices that were previously supported. Their future infotainment system will include Google Maps, Google Assistant, and even the Play Store.

Google on Monday officially launched the stable version of its embedded operating system platform Android Things, having announced that Android Things 1.0 is now available for download and use. Google says that the JBL Link Bar is the "first in a series of hybrid devices that delivers a full Assistant speaker and Android TV experience". With regard to VR, we could see more recent, far more complex head-sets to take on famous brands Facebook's Oculus along with HTC's Vive. So it's no surprise that Google, with a dedicated its research division, has grand plans of its own for AI, and we might see some of its machine learning capabilities in I/O 2018. While distraction may be a concern, Google promised that its vetting system ensures that approved apps limit driver distraction and balance that with the convenience of being able to do more from the dashboard.

The company is also putting in efforts to utilize artificial intelligence in other Alphabet business too like the Waymo self-driving auto so we should expect to hear more about AI-based products.


For a start, there's control over the TV via voice, as we've come to expect from Android TV. Google is guaranteeing support for three years, with development hardware and reference designs for these SoMs available in the coming months.

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. Hopefully, this I/O will be marked as the launch of this feature.

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

However, with the rolling of the developer preview of its upcoming version of Wear OS, it teased few features like battery optimization, and along with that it also added a dark mode.

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