Google Working On Wireless Home Entertainment System

googlelogoGoogle is developing a wireless home entertainment system designed to stream music throughout the home, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The system would be marketed under Google's brand and would be based on Google's Android platform. Google has sold a few items under its own name, but has never designed consumer electronics hardware itself. The Google Nexus phone, for example, was made by HTC.

Google's Android unit has led a multi-year effort to develop the new entertainment device, which may possibly stream other digital media besides music and is expected to be unveiled later this year, people familiar with the matter said.

The new device, along with Google's pending purchase of device maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., shows how serious the Internet giant is about wanting to control both the software and hardware process, a formula used by rival Apple Inc.

The system would allow users to download music and stream it to Google-branded wireless speakers or other compatible devices. The system sounds somewhat similar to those made by Sonos, which the New York Times examined in a recent article.

The WSJ gave no indication as to a time-frame for the public announcement or on-sale date for the Google home entertainment products. Apple has a somewhat similar living room strategy, though the company no longer makes any home speaker products -- instead, Apple uses its AirPlay, Airport Express and Apple TV products as part of its push into the living room. However, in recent months the company has been rumored to be working on a full-fledged television set.

Top Rated Comments

notjustjay Avatar
135 months ago
Wait for the Google toilet.

That's the one that shows you ads for foods similar to the ones that you've just expelled, right? :D
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdowns Avatar
135 months ago
****ers will probably insert ads between songs. :D
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmwebs Avatar
135 months ago
Google should stick to Search and Maps. The only areas they excel in. The rest of their portfolio is just derivative junk.

Someones got a narrow mind...


* Search
* Maps
* Mail
* YouTube
* Docs
* Android
* Adsense
* Adwords
* Picasa
* Chrome


Those are just the 'frontline' ones.

Reading through this thread its funny to see how many brainwashed people we have here. It seems that once Apple has a 'fall-out' with a company, everyone suddenly declares that said company is crap, has never done anything good, and should effectively die.

I love Apple as much as the next guy but this is bordering on insane now. Google do what they do well. If Google has decided to attempt to enter a new market, then big whop. When Apple announced the iPhone did you start moaning that they should stick to Macs? :rolleyes:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GuitarDTO Avatar
135 months ago
I feel like at some point these companies need to stick with what they are good at.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gotluck Avatar
135 months ago


Um.
There are more Hotmail and Yahoo accounts than Gmail.

There are more PC's then Macs, are Macs crap?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macrumors12345 Avatar
135 months ago
Double meh.

Translation: We can't get suckers like Logitech to lose money building this crap anymore, so we'll have to build the crap ourselves.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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