Google Announces JBL Link bar – Smart Soundbar With Google Assistant, Android TV Integration

Google Announces JBL Link bar – Smart Soundbar With Google Assistant, Android TV Integration

Google Announces JBL Link bar – Smart Soundbar With Google Assistant, Android TV Integration

by May 9, 2018

Google has announced the arrival of the JBL Link Bar close to its developer conference – I/O 2018. The JBL Link bar is a smart and hybrid soundbar that comes with a built-in Google Assistant and integrates seamlessly with Android TV via its HDMI slot. With the JBL Link Bar, it enables quality audio output for the user when he watches television by acting as a smart assistant connected speaker.


The JBL Link Bar features an Ethernet port, an optical line-in port, a service port, and three HDMI inputs. To add to it, it also contains ARC HDMI outputs, and a subwoofer pairing button. The device does not come with a remote and is entirely operated using voice commands. With Google integration, the user can tell the soundbar to connect and switch Android TV on, enjoy YouTube videos, listen to music on Pandora, and instruct the TV to switch to a channel of choice with voice commands.

The JBL Link Bar also connects easily with smart home devices and can be instructed to switch on/ off the lights and the air-conditioner. The JBL Link Bar enables you to find an effective alternative to Google Home along with the desired audio output. The smart soundbar is expected to be shipped sometime post September this year and the pricing, though eagerly awaited, is yet to be announced.

The ad for the Link Bar also gives a quick peek into the capabilities of a Google Assistant. In the advert, we can see a mother asking the Google Assistant to “Dim the lights, turn off the TV, and play some music on Pandora.” While this sentence includes three separate tasks for the Assistant, Google Assistant manages to perform all three tasks efficiently. This feature, combined with the touchless TV experience, makes the JBL Link Bar an interesting proposition.