Some are predicting that Google Assistant will get involved, as the company announced "voice functions for Android Auto" coming soon back in January, according to The Verge. 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.
While the JBL Link Bar is likely to take some of the wind out of Sonos' sails, keep in mind that Sonos not only has a more robust multi-room audio platform of its own design going for it, but also its last product - the Sonos One - was easily the best-sounding smart speaker released previous year. But Android P seems to be focused on improvements in interface design and refurbishing of visual elements. Android, Assistant, Wear OS, search and the like are going to take center stage when the company kicks off the festivities tomorrow at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. It is also expected that Google might also introduce something new to the table for Chrome OS.
But Android Auto is not an operating system.
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We also don't know the price yet but it will be available this fall. 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. With regard to VR, we could see more recent, far more complex head-sets to take on famous brands Facebook's Oculus along with HTC's Vive. Here's a quick run through of everything we all expect as of this calendar year's Google I/O. However, Android Things isn't meant to specifically launch more Google ecosystem devices or even be an Android accessory. For commercial products, developers have to sign a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit.
Android Things 1.0 will also continue support for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and NXP i.MX7D devices that to allow developers to build and test their ideas. 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.
This has mostly to do with developers, but it should have some interesting reverberations on Android apps.