Friday, February 10, 2012 - 11:25am
Google is developing a home entertainment system with a focus on wireless music streaming, according to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other publications.
The system would reportedly be based around Google-made devices (unlike Android and Google TV devices, which are made by third-party manufacturers). It would include a hub device with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in, wireless speakers, and would be controlled by smartphones and tablets. Google will apparently test the system over the summer.
"Like Apple AirPlay does for iOS, it would stream music from Android devices to home entertainment systems, which are usually the nicest speakers in the house," comments Eliot Van Buskirk at Evolver.fm.
There's no word yet on whether the system will involve radio in some way. One would expect Google's own cloud music service -- which includes a Pandora-like Instant Mix feature (RAIN coverage here) -- will be included.
"Google’s larger goal, a person closely tied to the project said, was to connect everything in the home to the Internet, including light bulbs, speakers and TV sets," writes the New York Times.
Engadget comments that the project sounds "a whole lot like a Sonos competitor."
For more on the story, check out the New York Times' coverage here, Evolver.fm's article here, or Engadget's report here.