JBL Stories November 17, 2022

JBL Google Assistant speakers updated with new Cast firmware that fixes Speaker Groups

At the start of this year, Google made a handful of changes to Speaker Groups following the US ITC ruling in favor of Sonos. Google Assistant speakers made by JBL are finally getting updated with new Cast firmware that fixes the experience of using Speaker Groups.

JBL Stories August 30, 2022

JBL’s latest earbuds have a ‘smart’ charging case with phone notifications, controls, more

The latest set of true wireless earbuds from JBL, the Tour Pro 2, includes a touchscreen in the “smart” charging case, complete with notifications, media controls, and more.

JBL Stories August 30, 2021

One of the downsides of Google’s second-gen Pixel Buds, as well as their mid-range successor the Pixel Buds A, is that there’s no noise cancellation. With powerful competition like the AirPods Pro and the Galaxy Buds Pro both packing noise cancellation, it was a shame to see the Pixel Buds skip it.

In its place though, the most unique aspect of the Pixel Buds series is their ability to respond to the “Hey Google” hotword, which up to this point had not been replicated on any third-party earbuds. That is, until now. JBL’s latest true wireless earbuds, the JBL Tour Pro+, are the first third-party earbuds to have full Google Assistant integration, including audible notifications and “Hey Google” support.

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JBL Stories October 13, 2020

JBL Link Bar update brings Prime Video to the Android TV soundbar

The first and currently only soundbar powered by Google’s Android TV is the JBL Link Bar, and this week, it’s getting a notable update that brings official Prime Video support.

JBL Stories August 17, 2019

Android TV is growing quickly, but it’s rare to see on a consumer device that’s not a full-size TV. After a long delay, the JBL Link Bar hit the market as the first Android TV soundbar and I’ve spent the past couple of weeks using it in place of my Nvidia Shield. For $399, is it for you? Let’s take a look.

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JBL Stories July 10, 2019

The long story is finally over. After several delays over the course of a full year, the Android TV-powered JBL Link Bar is finally available for purchase at $399.

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JBL Stories March 12, 2019

One powerful feature of Google Home is the ability to make phone calls with just a quick voice command. It’s something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed on my Google Home Max, but it has always been a shame to miss out on it with third-party options. Now, Google Assistant phone calls are spreading to more speakers, including options from Insignia and Harman.

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JBL Stories February 28, 2019

One of the coolest things about Google I/O last year, for me at least, was the reveal of the JBL Link Bar. The clever soundbar/Android TV box combo looks like a fantastic product, but it’s been pushed back time and time again. JBL was supposed to release the Link Bar sometime this Spring, but now it’s been delayed again, this time to the Summer.

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JBL Stories January 7, 2019

JBL this morning announced a slew of Assistant products like new Bluetooth headphones and the Android TV-powered Link Bar. The brand’s latest device is the JBL Link Drive that essentially brings a Google Assistant microphone into any car via the cigarette lighter.

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JBL launching three new Google Assistant-equipped headphones this spring

The Google Assistant has long been a great choice for controlling media via voice, and lately more brands have been including direct access to it from Bluetooth headsets. JBL started including the Google Assistant in their headphones last year with their Everest series devices, and now they’re expanding the Assistant integration with three new headsets in their LIVE series.

JBL Stories October 14, 2018

JBL is a big brand for audio, and for the most part, the company makes some killer products. In recent months, the brand has also been working with Google quite a lot to integrate Assistant into some of its products. Lately, I’ve been trying out a couple of headphones with Google Assistant built-in, so let’s take a closer look.

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JBL Stories August 27, 2018

Early JBL Link View review praises sound quality of second Google Assistant smart display

Smart speakers have been an unqualified success for Google over the past year or so, and smart displays are the next big thing. Following Lenovo’s Smart Display going on sale last month, the JBL Link View is next in line, and now a full review has hit the web…

JBL Stories August 20, 2018

Android TV was given new life this year courtesy of a renewed focus from Google as well as plenty of new hardware. Now, JBL’s unique soundbar equipped with Android TV is available for pre-order.

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JBL Stories February 7, 2018

There are thousands of wireless speakers on the market, but many require special pairing or streaming options, as well as a complicated set up. Thanks to Google’s Cast platform, though, wireless speakers are made easy, and JBL’s Playlist speaker is one of the best for an affordable cost.

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JBL Stories January 8, 2018

The first headphones with Google Assistant built-in launched last year from Bose and Google. At CES 2018, other companies are joining the fray with JBL launching a line of around-ear, on-ear, and in-ear headphones that feature Google’s smart assistant.

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JBL Stories December 13, 2017

Google Assistant is an extremely powerful tool, but for many users, it’s mainly used for music. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, and in fact, it has become a major selling point for “smart speakers” with the Assistant built-in. Google recently put its “Home Max” up for sale with exactly that in mind, but at $399, it’s understandably out of reach for many users. There is a solid alternative, though, in the JBL Link 300…

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JBL Stories August 31, 2017

JBL announces its first Google Assistant-equipped speakers with the JBL LINK series

Although IFA 2017 doesn’t technically start until tomorrow, there have already been a ton of announcements coming out of Germany leading up to the event’s official start. JBL just introduced a new line of wireless speakers with its JBL LINK series, and all three of the new entries come with the Google Assistant built into them.

JBL Stories August 8, 2016

HTC is offering a free pair of $199 JBL Reflect Aware C headphones with the purchase of an HTC 10

Following the long awaited release of JBL’s USB-C powered Reflect Aware C headphones, HTC now has a promotion available to get a set for free. While these headphones are usually priced at $199, this promo offers them for free with the purchase of an HTC 10 (via AndroidGuys).

JBL Stories August 3, 2016


After placing a heavy focus on audio in the HTC 10, the company revealed that it was working with JBL to create one of the first pairs of earbuds powered by USB C. The JBL Reflect Aware C offer both digital audio and active noise cancellation along with a sweat-proof design. After being announced earlier this year, these headphones are now available for sale.

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JBL Stories March 2, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Galaxy Note 3 $295, Amazon free app – Trainyard, LG G3 w/ $100 Amazon gift card, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung N9000 Galaxy Note 3 32 GB factory unlocked for GSM networks: $295 shipped (Reg. $500)

Amazon free Android app of the day: Trainyard (Reg. $3)

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $479 w/o

Google Nexus 9 16GB WiFi (white): $320 shipped (Reg. $400)

Google Play Birthday Sale: $0.99 albums from Beck and Drake, $3 movies, discounted apps, more

Daily Deals: JBL USB computer speakers $25, Samsung Smart 20MP camera $279, microSD Cards from $10, more

Amazon Gold Box – up to 50% off computer accessories:

– Toshiba 3TB Canvio External Hard Drive $90 (Reg. $140) – Belkin Thunderbolt 2 dock $240 (Reg. $300) …and dozens of more deals

SanDisk’s groundbreaking microSD card will stuff an extra 200GB in your MacBook, GoPro, more

Small States Review – Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion, $249 giveaway

More new gear from today:

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $80 shipped (orig. $140)

More deals still alive:

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Readdle’s wireless printing app Printer Pro goes free on iOS for the first time (Reg. $7)

New products & more:

Mad Catz brings console style controllers to Android devices with the L.Y.N.X.3

JBL Stories October 13, 2014


Today, Chinese phone maker OnePlus revealed a new set of earphones for its hard to purchase smartphone, but unlike its homegrown offering, this ear gear is a byproduct of a partnership with JBL. Listed as “coming soon” at the company’s online store the aptly named the JBL E1+ Earphones are premium branded buds that will eventually set someone back $40 whenever they go on sale.

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