The features are finally inbound ahead of this week's Google I/O conference. Google, being a new player in this arena, is far behind Microsoft and other IoT platforms. 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. Leading up to this year's show, Google already announced that it will be investing in start-ups that use the Google Assistant ecosystem-an announcement that would have been ideal for the I/O stage-so Google must have even cooler things talk about at the keynote.
The Android operating system powers numerous world's smartphones and drives consumers to Google's cash-minting apps.
Some Google apps are already available to Volvo drivers through Android Auto, but instead of projecting content from a phone onto a car's infotainment system, the apps will now be baked directly into the car's system. It also has four HDMI ports (presumably three in, one out) and supports HDMI switching in the soundbar itself, so it can act as a basic AV receiver as well. But Android Things runs on comparatively very big board PCs like Raspberry Pi in addition to a new generation of "system on a module" (SOM) chipsets.
Google Adwords also launched a new type of ad campaign that lets brands and merchants automate and consolidate advertising efforts and take advantage of machine learning. That puts thousands of Google-approved apps within reach of the dashboard of any Volvo with this system. Some are predicting that Google Assistant will get involved, as the company announced "voice functions for Android Auto" coming soon back in January, according to The Verge.
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He'd also won a stage in the Tour Down Under in January and triumphed at Three Days of De Panne in March. Britain's Chris Froome finished in the peloton while Ireland's Sam Bennett finished third.
So we'll see what happens here. Likely the first among many tantalizing announcements, both Google and JBL have partnered to create the first hybrid Assistant/Android TV device, the Link Bar.
The features will be available for Volvo's next-generation cars over the next few years.
Google I/O annual developer conference officially gets underway on Tuesday, May 8 in Mountain View California. It will be based on Android Oreo ecosystem for the apps with a redesigned home screen. This means that Google will be teaming up with companies other than JBL to launch similar products down the line as well.