Welcome to Day Zero of Google I/O 2018. The keynote is perhaps tomorrow, however that is not stopping one of many extra fascinating merchandise from being introduced a day forward of time. Google and JBL have constructed the JBL Hyperlink Bar, a soundbar that mixes the performance of Android TV with Google House. Your TV will get upgraded sound, the Android TV interface and apps, and always-on Google House performance, all in a compact soundbar package deal that may be wall-mounted.

Android TV units have had the Google Assistant since 2017, and whereas this appears to have the same old Android TV Assistant instructions, it additionally works as a sensible speaker. It has the always-on “OK Google” hotword and 4 entrance lights, similar to a Google House. You may inform it to show the TV on, all with out touching a factor.

Android TV is presently significantly missing choices. A lot of the main target is on TVs with Android TV inbuilt, however individuals with current TVs do not have many units to select from. There are packing containers just like the Nvidia Defend and Xiaomi Mi Field however not a lot else. I might like to see an Android TV resolution for wall-mounted TVs, just like the Chromecast-style dongle that hit the FCC final month. This soundbar is another choice for individuals who don’t need one other field.

We do not have a ton of information in regards to the machine proper now. There are not any specs or worth, simply photos and a brief press launch from Google about this new product class. Google calls the JBL Hyperlink Bar “the primary in a sequence of hybrid units that delivers a full Assistant speaker and Android TV expertise.”

Google’s video and press launch appears particularly targeted on not needing a distant. You may inform the TV to activate and play one thing, change HDMI inputs together with your face, and usually do all the pieces “Arms free.” I can not think about looking the Android TV interface and not using a distant, however you apparently need not discover the distant if you recognize what you need to watch.

That is about it for official data, however I used to be despatched a sequence of lossless 72MB 5000px photographs as a part of the press package deal, so we are able to zoom and extract a bit extra data. The render of the again reveals a three.5mm enter jack, Ethernet, and 4 HDMI ports, presumably one for output and three for enter. I do not assume this render was meant to face as much as this degree of forensics, although: after the facility enter, the subsequent two “ports” are simply nondescript shapes. I feel they’re alleged to symbolize USB-C and optical audio, however I can not be certain.

There’s additionally a thriller button on the again, which has a logo on it that just about seems just like the soundbar in entrance of a subwoofer. Thus far, the video and the press photographs don’t present a subwoofer, although. (This may be a fairly low-end dwelling theater system and not using a subwoofer.)

The highest of the unit has a pair of microphone holes (you possibly can see them within the video), 4 buttons—energy, Bluetooth (!), quantity down, and quantity up—and a bodily mute change.

Google says the JBL Hyperlink Bar shall be on show at Google I/O, so hopefully we are able to collect some extra details about it on the present. For now, this do-it-all dwelling theater system appears very fascinating. The JBL Hyperlink Bar launches fall of 2018.

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