Google will stop supporting several smart displays from Lenovo, LG and JBL brands. This is a result of Google’s decision to partially discontinue support for Android Things, an operating system created for IoT devices.
The Lenovo Smart Displays of 7, 8 and 10 inches, the JBL Link View and the LG Xboom AI ThinQ WK9 will no longer receive updates. This is evident from a message on a Google support page. The listed devices are some of the most popular smart displays. The smart displays can still be used as normal, but the absence of future updates may have consequences for the security of the devices. Google also writes that “the quality of video calls and meetings may deteriorate“.
Android Things is Google’s operating system for internet-of-things devices that the company launched in 2015 under the name Brillo. Since 2019, smart speakers that run on this system have also appeared on the market. However, the operating system never became popular and in 2020 Google already partially discontinued the platform.