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Google I/O 2018: What to expect
Google I/O 2018: What's on the agenda; where to watch live stream

08 May, 2018

The annual event will run from May 8 to May 10, and for the third year in a row, it will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.

Google is expected to unveil the next version of the Android OS.

Google and JBL are buddying up to create a one of a kind, hybrid soundbar that is powered by Android TV.

Volvo Cars has announced that it is working with Google to embed Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its Sensus infotainment system.

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Google has said time and again that's it's an AI-first company now, so it's not a stretch to say Google Assistant will be the star of the show again. Volvo owners can also expect Sensus to alert them of changes in traffic, and alternative routes for easier driving. Here are a couple of keynotes that we have gathered so far.

The features will be available for Volvo's next-generation cars over the next few years.

Google will likely announce and demonstrate and improvements that it has made on its Daydream VR platform.

Along with the bringing of the software into version 1.0 Google are announcing the support for System-on-Modules (SoMs) based on the NXP i.MX8M, Qualcomm SDA212, Qualcomm SDA624, and MediaTek MT8516 hardware platforms with guaranteed support for three years. Do let us know via the comments section. The JBL Link Bar is even going to come with Google Assistant integration so that users can easily control it using voice commands.

Google will be demoing Link Bar at I/O this week, so we'll report on new information as we receive it. The productivity sections on most app stores are crammed with tools to help you organise your life.

As for the company's famed virtual assistant, Google has been on the rush as late getting it work with more smart home appliances and other Internet of Things (IoT) products; it's now compatible with over 5,000 of them, and covers most name brands in the United States.

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