Google’s recently been making efforts to make its Android TV operating system more mainstream, and today’s news aims to make adopting the system a lot easier and simpler.

A day before I/O 2018 has time to kick off, Google and JBL have announced a partnership to deliver a new sound bar that, when plugged into your TV, fires up Android TV. So essentially, instead of having a dedicated Android TV box, you have an Android TV soundbar.


Called the Link Bar, the device aims to provide a central hub for your living room. Not only will it play sound and give you access to Android TV, but it also acts as an always-on Google Assistant speaker, therefore replacing a traditional Google Home, and is compatible with all the necessary Assistant Actions and commands you’ve come to expect. If you’ve always wanted an Assistant-powered speaker that had Android TV in it, today’s your lucky day.

For connectivity, there are four HDMI ports for your various home theater components, a mute switch to turn off the microphone, an audio port, and an Ethernet jack so you don’t have to worry about Wi-Fi.

According to the companies, the Link Bar will begin shipping this fall. Neither Google nor JBL have shared pricing just yet, but stay tuned.


Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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