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Google said making self-branded wireless audio system

updated 04:55 pm EST, Thu February 9, 2012

Google may tap Android at Home for own speakers

Google may be making its own wireless audio system and dipping into its own hardware, an apaprent leak uncovered Thursday. The unnamed system, purported by the Wall Street Journal to have been in the works for years, would share at least music throughout the home. It would be sold directly under Google's brand, including the speakers, but could talk to other hardware and could use a phone or tablet for control.

The finished product would be out later this year. One possibility for this is at or near the Google I/O developer conference in June, where Google often gives free hardware to those few who gain entrance.

While the details weren't expanded upon, they would most likely involve the Android@Home initiative that Google teased last year but which hasn't materialized in practice so far. The effort was meant partly to create an answer to Apple's AirPlay as well as a built-in alternative to DLNA or other media sharing formats. Along with audio, it could be used for video, home automation, and anything else where auto-discovery on a local network was important.

Google indirectly has involvement in hardware through reference phones like the Galaxy Nexus. These, however, are manufactured by a third party and just given Google's official blessing. If any wireless audio was completely branded as Google's, it would show a willingness to risk competing more directly with its partners.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. rvhernandez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005

    +11

    So much for advice...

    Didn't Steve tell these guys to focus on what they do best? Go ahead Google, you are in more than many ways, the next Microsoft.

  1. bleee

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +8

    Watch out Logitech Google's GUNNING FOR YOU!!!

    Samsung, HTC you're next! If you haven't noticed Google has a way of be-frending vendors to get into the market than stabbing them in the back.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +11

    MS all over again

    Let's ask any MS "Plays4Sure" partner if they feel like that arrangement benefitted them.

    Watching Google slowly self-destruct is, I admit, fun. Getting into hardware = making serious new enemies. Pass the popcorn!

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009

    -3

    I hope it plays


    "DRRRROID!" Every time you turn it on

    :-)

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