Google announces new Android Auto features, Google apps on Volvo infotainment systems

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Called "Android Things" the concept of a new home OS was revealed at their annual conference for developers and if as successful as their smartphone OS their Google Assistant technology will be used to control both refrigerators and robots and in the business space cash registers and vending machines.

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.

While the JBL Link Bar is likely to take some of the wind out of Sonos' sails, keep in mind that Sonos not only has a more robust multi-room audio platform of its own design going for it, but also its last product - the Sonos One - was easily the best-sounding smart speaker released previous year. But for folks on the technical side of things, Android Things 1.0 could open a whole new set of opportunities.

Are you a fan of Google's Android Auto platform? Android Things will compete with Amazon's Greengrass system and Microsoft's Windows IoT.

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Android P This will be one of the biggest announcements from Google. The rumor also says that it has a full TV interface with a remote and it would be great to see that it's not just another Chromecast dongle. It also brought some much-needed improvements in the product such as prolonged battery life and a dark mode.

Internet of Things has been around for quite some time now.

Google said today in a blog post that the Android Things preview, which has been running for months, reached over 100,000 SDK downloads and 10,000 developers. It is supposed to be a platform that will power Google's smart home devices, right from thermostats to smart home speakers.

Google will be demoing Link Bar at I/O this week, so we'll report on new information as we receive it. Companies interested in collaborating on Android Things implementations directly with Google are being encouraged to get in touch with the firm directly through a contact form available through the banner below, though space is limited and only the most innovative and thought-out use cases are likely to be accepted. These platforms are now available in hundreds of new cars. As AdAge was the first to report, the revamped news app will include more video from YouTube and offer faster load times, courtesy of Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).

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