Google Announces Android Things 1.0

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Besides that, support for Actions was also added that lets you do things like turn on your connected oven, and the ability to hear responses to questions from your watch, just like on your phone. Also, a separate leak indicates that it will enable gesture navigation similar to the iPhone X. That means Android Auto will probably get some keynote time, and it could be getting a whole lot more powerful.

The next version of Android is nearly certainly going to get a mention tomorrow. Google has made multiple attempts to insert itself as the gatekeeper of streaming media, and though set-top boxes like NVIDIA Shield and the Xiaomi Mi Box have had niche success, they've nonetheless struggled against simpler - and more affordable - rivals like Amazon's Fire TV. And, though it's not new, the Link Bar can be used for music or home automation even with the TV off.

As far as the first devices are concerned, Google says we will see speakers launched from the likes of iHome and LG soon along with "smart displays" from JBL, LG, and Lenovo over the coming months.

The JBL Link Bar has four HDMI inputs and can be controlled by Google Assistant. This year both Microsoft and Google are having their respective events on the same dates which means more developer content from both the companies.

The platform could bring its Google Assistant virtual helper to refrigerators and robots and familiar designs to cash registers and vending machines.

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Android variants thrive in China, where Google does not operate. However, third-party manufacturers have been snapping up Chrome OS and baking it into their new tablets, and that's a good thing for everyone.

Chrome OS can run virtually all the same applications and games as Android tablets, while also offering a much better immersive experience on web browsing, and built-in stylus support.

And speaking of devices, now that Android Things 1.0 is here, we should start to see devices powered by it hit store shelves.

The 2018 Google I/O developer conference begins tomorrow, May 8 from Mountain View, California. 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.