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JBL Link Bar features Android TV and Google Assistant

JBL has announced a new soundbar that’s bound to please Google superfans.

On the eve of Google I/O, the two companies have revealed the JBL Link Bar, which features the Google Assistant and Android TV in a single device.

Those snapping up the new unibody soundbar will be able to simply plug it into their TV to access access the best of Google’s Smart TV operating system.

Meanwhile, it’ll also respond to voice queries made to the Google Assistant, in the same way a Google Home speaker would.

Related: Google I/O 2018 Preview

The combo Link Bar will tick a number of home entertainment boxes, including easy music streaming and viewing of apps like Netflix and Hulu.

You’ll also be able to use Assistant commands to play music from the sound bar when the TV is switched off.

However, it’ll also act as a smart home hub with voice controls for all manner of connected tech.

In the announcement, Google says this is the “first in a series of hybrid devices that delivers a full Assistant speaker and Android TV experience,” which suggests there’s plenty more to come.

There’s no price or release date announced as yet, but the Link Bar will go on sale sometime this autumn. We can expect to hear more about this at Google I/O 2018, which kicks off tomorrow.

The announcement comes as Sonos prepares to announce a 2-in-1 soundbar of its own. That model is rumoured to offer the Alexa assistant and the Amazon Fire TV interface.

Sonos’ event will take place on June 6, so we might be able to see the start of a new tech battlegound.

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