After months and months and months of suspensions, the Android TV-powered JBL Link Bar finally went up for sale two weeks in the past. Neither Google or Harman/JBL acknowledged that fact, however, has now executed so today. Android TV is officially available on a soundbar.
As a refresher, the JBL Link Bar is indeed a soundbar that includes full Android TV. It connects to your TV via of a single cable to offer the Android TV experience you might get from a field, like the SHIELD TV. Of course, like a soundbar, you get the extra benefit of it that incorporates sound as well to improve your TV’s audio experience hopefully.
That audio expertise means you get Google Assistant embedded, so not solely do you might have an Android TV-powered soundbar, you get a Google Home-like speaker too. When your TV is off, the speaker and Assistant portion nonetheless work also, so you can fire off “OK Google” commands without turning your TV on.
For specs, the JBL Link Bar has WiFi and Bluetooth, Chromecast built-in, 3 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI ARC output (to your TV), and much discipline mics (and a privateness change). It features a power cable, HDMI cable, and remote control within the box. At $399.95, you’ll be able to own one today.
Not in the JBL Link Bar? Google’s announcement at the moment in regards to the JBL Link Bar is extra of a generic “Android TV is accessible on soundbars” announcement than something. Sure, they put a focus on the Link Bar as the first, but it sure seems like we’ll see additional soundbars with Android TV before long. That’s excellent news.