updated 07:35 pm EST, Thu February 9, 2012
Google wireless audio may come through silence
Google's apparent decision to make its own wireless audio system appears to have come after stopping at least some activity with accessory makers, according to Electronista sources. Now said to have based its work on the Android@Home technology shown at Google I/O last year, the company had been talking to accessory makers building up to the May event but grew silent not long after. The silence might not necessarily have been ubiquitous, but it suggested that Google had taken the reins to make a product of its own.
The reasons for why Google stopped talking weren't certain. The evidence was visible to some extent in the lack of activity from Google, the contacts said: in the nine months since the unveiling, there hadn't been any hardware announcements or other movement from Google.
While it's possible that the company is collaborating with a hardware partner behind the scenes, much as it has with HTC and later Samsung on Nexus-series phones, the apparent change of heart would be unusual for a Google known for usually trying to promote a wide range of partners versus doing things itself. It could range from anything to a simple lack of foundations to work from to an internal desire to create a showcase product that it might not have been confident others would want to make early on.
Android@Home is effectively Google's answer and expansion upon Apple's AirPlay, or the idea of having an easy, auto-discovering system that lets the OS and apps easily interact with devices on the same network for media sharing and similar features. Google's approach would extend to areas as diverse as home automation and lighting, and could extend audio in unique ways. One Google I/O demo had staff using a wireless reader to 'import' CDs to a home audio collection by bringing them close to a reader.