JBL’s Soundbar With Built-in Android TV Keeps Getting Delayed

New York (The Verge) — JBL’s soundbar with built-in Android TV keeps getting delayed theverge.com/2019/2/28/1824….

The $400 JBL Link Bar has been delayed yet again and is now scheduled to launch sometime in the summer — assuming the plan actually sticks this time. The product was first announced at Google I/O last May as a unique hybrid soundbar/streaming device running Google’s Android TV software with Google Assistant integration.

The product was first announced at Google I/O last May as a unique hybrid soundbar/streaming device running Google’s Android TV software. JBL initially hoped to get it out by late summer. Then that turned into the fall / October. And when that didn’t pan out either, the shipping target slipped to spring. Even before spring rolls around, JBL seems to have already realized it’s going to miss that window too.

So now we’re looking at summer — meaning after Google’s next I/O keynote. More specifically, it’s “mid-to-late summer” according to a statement obtained by Android Police. The Link Bar still hasn’t lost its one-of-a-kind luster, but perhaps that’s part of the problem JBL is having. Getting this thing to a finished, consumer-ready state sure seems to be taking a long time. Chris Welch/@verge

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