Google Announces Android Things 1.0

  • Google Announces Android Things 1.0

Google Announces Android Things 1.0

Also, Google Assistant now works with 5,000 smart home devices partners which further increases its reach. So to enhance the messaging experience on Android Auto, the platform will begin supporting both group messages as well as RCS. Volvo's next-generation in-dash offering will use Android underpinnings, which will make it much easier to implement Google-based services like this.

The only bad news is the timeline: although Volvo will be exhibiting the features at this week's I/O conference, the Swedish automaker said it would be "several years" until you can buy a Volvo powered by Android.

Why this matters: Android TV received Google Assistant support late last year and a UI overhaul with the Oreo update earlier this year, but app support is still lacking when compared to Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV. Google is also highlighting startups Mirego and Byteflies who embraced Android Things to deliver a large photo display network connected to photo booths in Montreal, as well as a docking station meant to securely connect one's wearable to the cloud in order to upload their health data. The Pixelbook is basically the gold standard when it comes to Chromebooks, and now that Chrome OS-based tablets are becoming a thing, we hope Google is preparing to unveil a sequel to the Pixel C.

The Link Bar is like someone mashed together a high-end soundbar, a Google Home, and an Android TV media streamer.

Assistant on Google Home has improved a lot over the past year, but it's still not as good as it is on our phones. With the infotainment system not being reliant on separate Android devices, it gives the auto owners a choice to use devices of their choosing instead of being forced to own Android devices to use features in their cars. Google announced on Monday the big update, confirming the official release for consumer devices. If Assistant is going to be a true assistant, it needs to be the same everywhere. 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. Rumored for years, a Pixel watch would be the ideal thing to give Wear OS the jump-start it needs, especially given the sorry state of Android smartwatches. This support was expected, especially with the smart displays from JBL, Sony and Lenovo expected to be released in the coming days and weeks. Meanwhile, let's take a look at what to expect at this year's show.