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Google today revealed that it has teamed up with JBL to develop a new hybrid soundbar that's going to double as an Android TV-powered set-top box as well.

It's also unclear if this change will make its way to past Android versions, and the vulnerability will still be around in devices running older versions of Android.

This launch has been a long time coming.

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. "If you're not, you say Android is irrelevant outside phones". The supported platforms page is worth examining in detail.

The latest variant of the embedded OS targeting IoT devices comes with support for new System-on-Modules (SoMs) based on the Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, NXP i.MX8M, and the MediaTek MT8516 solutions.

Google launches Android Things for appliances
Google launches Android Things for appliances

Rumors about Google developing a cheaper Pixel phone have swirled ever since the first Made-by-Google phone landed, but this year it may actually come true.

But it's not just security: Where Microsoft supports Azure Sphere for ten years, Google is offering only three years of "guaranteed" support, and notes that customers will have to pay for extended support beyond that.

"Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google", writes Google's Wayne Piekarski, developer advocate for IoT. For commercial products, developers have to sign a distribution agreement with Google to remove the device limit. P hasn't gotten its sweetly-themed name yet, but "Popsicle" is the top contender, after Google posted an Android P wallpaper for developers showing the treats. Google didn't give any price details, but with JBL's pedigree and all the features available with the Link Bar, you can expect the product to be pretty expensive.

With Google Home speakers becoming more globally available and the Assistant now being compatible with over 1,500 major-brand smart-home products and partnered with big players such as Spotify, Pandora, CBS, Netflix - the brand is a strong contender with Amazon's Alexa.

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