Google and JBL’s all-in-one soundbar combines Android TV and Google Home
Monday May 7, 2018. 06:00 PM , from Ars Technica
Welcome to Day Zero of Google I/O 2018. The keynote might be tomorrow, but that isn't stopping one of the more interesting products from being announced a day ahead of time. Google and JBL have built the JBL Link Bar, a soundbar that combines the functionality of Android TV with Google Home. Your TV gets upgraded sound, the Android TV interface and apps, and always-on Google Home functionality, all in a compact soundbar package that can be wall-mounted.
Android TV devices have had the Google Assistant since 2017, and while this seems to have the usual Android TV Assistant commands, it also works as a smart speaker. It has the always-on 'OK Google' hotword and four front lights, just like a Google Home. You can tell it to turn the TV on, all without touching a thing.
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