Android Things exits beta as Google jumps further into the IoT

While we're not holding our breath for an optimized version of Android for tablets or a new Oreo tablet, we wouldn't mind seeing a Chromebook tablet from Google.

The design of the iPhone X is such that there is no room left for the home button that has been synonymous with iPhones thus far.

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. Google will still have some new information to reveal about Android Auto later this week, but here are some of the more important changes to the platform.

The partnership extends beyond the Android Auto compatibility already baked into new Volvo vehicles.

But Google has struggled to extend Android's dominance into other areas over the last four years, technology and financial analysts said. "If you're not, you say Android is irrelevant outside phones".

For a start, there's control over the TV via voice, as we've come to expect from Android TV.

Google had previously announced incoming integration with Volvo cars.

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

Yesterday we predicted that Google would bring Android Things out of developer preview and into the stable realm at Google IO this year.

The JBL Link Bar will land sometime this fall for an undisclosed price. A new name is nice, but we want to see some substance to go along with it.

The first Flutter Beta would be most likely announced in Google I/O 2018 so that developers can use it and give feedback.

While the first stable build of the platform packs a number of improvements and tweaks outlined below, its overall goal remains unchanged, with Google still pitching it as the ultimate solution for IoT manufacturers interested in cutting software development, maintenance, and general deployment costs, thus being able to commit more resources to other aspects of their products such as hardware and marketing or simply increase profit margins.

Even though it was released in 2015, the Pixel C is still one of the better Android tablets ever made, mainly because most Android tablets are pretty bad.