Android Auto gets a big boost on eve of Google I/O

Android Auto gets a big boost on eve of Google I/O

Android Auto gets a big boost on eve of Google I/O

Google and JBL are buddying up to create a one of a kind, hybrid soundbar that is powered by Android TV.

Google I/O 2018 will be packed with many more announcements revolving around topics such as Android Auto, gaming, artificial intelligence, and material design.

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

If you're the type of person who absolutely must use Google Maps, even if you have a fully functional navigation system in your vehicle, then Volvo's latest news will be right up your alley.

Elia Viviani wins Stage 2 as Rohan Dennis takes pink
Race favourite Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton after a bunch sprint in the Mediterranean coastal resort of Tel Aviv. Italy's Elia Viviani sprinted to victory for a second successive day at the Giro d'Italia as the Big Start in Israel concluded.

And then there's Google Home. It comes with two integrated microphones and can function as a normal smart speaker when the TV isn't in use. It is supposed to be a platform that will power Google's smart home devices, right from thermostats to smart home speakers. Let us know in the comments! Now called Wear OS, the newly branded OS just picked up a few new Assistant features to make it a more powerful wrist companion.

Google will be demoing Link Bar at I/O this week, so we'll report on new information as we receive it. 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). The form factor looks something like a Chromecast, but the bundled remote suggests it won't rely on a phone to do your streaming. Android Things will compete with Amazon's Greengrass system and Microsoft's Windows IoT. In addition, Volvo owners will also be able to avail thousands of apps through the Google Play Store, optimised for Android-based auto infotainment systems. Moreover, Flutter will also be the app platform for Google's new Fuschia so we are definitely going to hear a lot more about in the future.

The 2018 Google I/O developer conference begins tomorrow, May 8 from Mountain View, California. It will be based on Android Oreo ecosystem for the apps with a redesigned home screen. If you bet on the NXP i.MX6UL, you're out of luck, though, as support for that platform is being phased out. 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.

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