Google plans home entertainment system
Google is planning to launch an own
brand home entertainment system, an Android
device that would allow users to download music and other content and stream it to
devices around the home with a smartphone or tablet a
cting as controller
The move is revealed at in a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) to carry out testing on a device, reports the WSJ.
“Testing will include functional testing of all subsystems, including WiFi and Bluetooth
dio. Users will connect their device to home WiFi networks and use Bluetooth to
connect to other home electronics equipment,” the application reads
“This line of testing will reveal real world engineering issues and reliability of networks.
The device uti
lises a standard WiFi/Bluetooth module, and the planned testing is not
directed at evaluating the radio frequency characteristics of the module (which are
known), but rather at the throughput and stability of the home WiFi networks that will
support the de
vice, as well as the basic functionality of the device.”
The device, which exists as a prototype, and will eventually be sold as a branded item to
consumers, is the company’s most significant venture into hardware. While the initial
purpose of the device
will be for streaming music, the eventual use could be much wider.
Google still makes the vast majority of its money from Internet search. But as computing
detaches from the desktop and laptop, the company cannot afford to be marginalized. The
is an effort to control the design, production and sale of an entertainment
device, just as its competitors have done so successfully.
Larry Page, who last year took the reins of the company he co
founded, has been intent
on moving into hardware. The ente
rtainment device has been in the works for more than
a year, before Google made a $12.5 billion deal to buy the handset maker Motorola
Mobility, the most likely manufacturer of the device.