Android Auto is getting some slick design changes at Google I/O 2018

Sheri Evans
May 8, 2018

When you plug the JBL Link Bar into your TV, for example, you can then say "Hey Google" and ask it to play whatever TV show, movie or YouTube content you want to watch or listen to.

Use of the Android Things Console for software updates is limited to 100 active devices for non-commercial use. "These include Smart Speakers from LG and iHome and Smart Displays from Lenovo, LG, and JBL, which showcase powerful capabilities like Google Assistant and Google Cast". So, we could expect some upgrades to have on OS in the coming Google I/O 2018.

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

Google may have gone quiet on Android Things after its initial debut more than a year ago, but it has been hard at work on the effort.

For those not familiar with Android Things and the IoT world, just know that this platform "does the heavy lifting with certified hardware, rich developer APIs, and secure managed software updates using Google's back-end infrastructure", to help device makers focus on building awesome products, not the other stuff.

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So we'll see what happens here. The rumor also says that it has a full TV interface with a remote and it would be great to see that it's not just another Chromecast dongle.

However, with the rolling of the developer preview of its upcoming version of Wear OS, it teased few features like battery optimization, and along with that it also added a dark mode. There are chances that the company will shed more light on Wear OS in this event and outline the future plans for the platform. If you've used Android Things before, employ the Android Things Console to begin validating your devices for production with the 1.0 system image.

Developing a secure, automotive-grade platform hasn't been easy for Google.

Google will be demoing Link Bar at I/O this week, so we'll report on new information as we receive it.

The first Flutter Beta would be most likely announced in Google I/O 2018 so that developers can use it and give feedback. But other developers will have the option of leveraging the same OS to create their own products.And if you're looking to create a new Android Things product, Google is offering a limited program to partner with the broader Android Things team for technical guidance and support.

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