Google Announces Android Things 1.0

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The annual developer conference will kick off at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California on 8th May. We'll obviously get a whole lot of info about the next version of Android, but no doubt AI, AR, Assistant, and other Google products will have their moment as well. As we saw at I/O past year, Google is working with specific vehicle brands to integrate the best of Android Auto into the native interface for some cars, meaning those cars essentially run on Android, but without needing your phone to work.

Next up is the improved search, which will enable developers to integrate their search results into Android Auto.

The apps will be available in next-gen Volvo cars, and the features will be accessible even without Android devices. We provide a robust platform that does the heavy lifting with certified hardware, rich developer APIs, and secure managed software updates using Google's back-end infrastructure, so you can focus on building your product.

The Link Bar is like someone mashed together a high-end soundbar, a Google Home, and an Android TV media streamer. Four times as many smart TV shipments previous year had Samsung's operating system as Android TV, according to IHS Markit.

Volvo and Google are now collaborating on the project, aiming to bring the Android-powered Sensus system to market within "a couple" of years.

Google will likely announce and demonstrate and improvements that it has made on its Daydream VR platform.

We know that the internal development team has been working on an updated version of Material Design.

Along with its audio capabilities, Link Bar is also an Android TV streamer, with voice-controlled HDMI switching and hands-free searching across all supported apps and services. It should make it easier for manufacturers to put Google Assistant on a device or make a device easy to use Cast functionality. Users will be able to hop into their cars and have access to some of the most used features of Google Maps, Apps and Assistant that are available in Android Auto without requiring an Android device.

So we'll see what happens here.

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

As for the company's famed virtual assistant, Google has been on the rush as late getting it work with more smart home appliances and other Internet of Things (IoT) products; it's now compatible with over 5,000 of them, and covers most name brands in the United States.