JBL and Google announced a new soundbar that gives users voice control over a number of features and devices via the Google Assistant. When you plug the JBL Link Bar into your TV, for example, you can then say “Hey Google” and ask it to play whatever TV show, movie or YouTube content you want to watch or listen to. It can even be used to control your smart home devices or play music. The JBL Link Bar features seamless HDMI input switching and the Google Assistant can also be used when the TV is off.
Google and JBL have teamed up before. Earlier this year they announced the JBL Link View — a Google-powered smart display. JBL also added the Google Assistant to some of its Everest wireless headphone models and its Link line of speakers. Google brought its Assistant to Android TV devices last year.