Google's Android Things is a new OS for the Internet of Things

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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 trying to save its wearable technology platform by rebranding Android Wear as Wear OS. We'll obviously get a whole lot of info about the next version of Android, but no doubt AI, AR, Assistant, and other Google products will have their moment as well.

The Google Assistant gives drivers the ability to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages.

It's worth noting that many Android OEMs including OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo have already enabled similar implementations of gesture navigation in their recent smartphones even on the framework of Android Oreo, so this is nothing new to Android. But Android P seems to be focused on improvements in interface design and refurbishing of visual elements.

Finally, it's the group messaging functionality, available via the Google Assistant. There's also native support for multiple camera sensors, so you can get Portrait Mode effects in camera-equipped apps like Snapchat.

Soundbars are incredibly popular for people who want to inexpensively upgrade from their TV's built-in speakers but can't go all-in with a multi-speaker surround system, and now there's a soundbar that can provide more than just a sound upgrade.

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Google says the new type of campaign is simpler for the advertiser while taking advantage of Google's reach: "The new Shopping campaign type also combines the channels previously available through separate Shopping and display remarketing campaigns into one campaign so you can maximize your reach and simplify campaign management". As described in the announcement, Google is making it possible for "media apps to directly integrate their results into Android Auto".

The Play platform should see some modest gains this year starting with Google News.

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.

Just ahead of Google I/O 2018, Google and JBL announced the brand new JBL Link Bar.

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.

The company is also putting in efforts to utilize artificial intelligence in other Alphabet business too like the Waymo self-driving auto so we should expect to hear more about AI-based products.