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Google may launch Android controlled home entertainment system

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Google may launch Android controlled home entertainment system
This one actually could be far bigger news than it first would seem. The news has come out that Google may be looking to launch an Android controlled home entertainment system later this year. The interesting part of it is that the hardware is said to be Google branded. As yet, Google has never released branded hardware without a partner, like the HTC Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, and Motorola XOOM. 

The report by the Wall Street Journal says that Google is planning to design and market the home entertainment system, and there is no mention of any hardware partners. The idea behind the entertainment system is similar to the Android@Home project that Google showed off at last year's Google I/O. The home entertainment system has been developed by the Android team, and will run a variant of the mobile OS software. It will allow users to stream music from any device over a wireless network. 

It is highly likely that such a system would see pretty tight integration with Google Music, Android and Google TV (which is itself a variant of Android). The real question is whether or not Google is really planning to build the hardware itself. Even the acquisition of Motorola Mobility wouldn't really help with this as the company has no history of building audio equipment bigger than headphones. 

What do you guys think? Would you buy Google-branded speakers? Would you trust Google as a hardware manufacturer?

source: WSJ via The Verge

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posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:22 1

1. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

I for one would love to see this. I have yet to see any audio devices that have Android integration. I love that my iPhone has dock's and such that make my audio experience much better, now let me see some from Android!

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:32 1

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Good idea, but I'm an audiophile. I have a real nice setup and I have a bluetooth adapter to stream audio from my phone and laptop.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:51 3

3. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

Of coarse i would buy google branded speakers! and any hardware!
Not every product is perfect when it first comes to market, so i def see google improving on what ever they want to make.
.. If apple made a phone not knowing what the F they where doing why cant google make an entertainment center???

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:53

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I still think it could be related with moto yeah they don't make home entertainment speakers but they have cable set box and other communication devices ready that could be used to create something that plugs in your TV or favorite music player and gave it sync with everything at home

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 18:49

5. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

I wouldnt be an early user, but after its been out for a while and trusted reviews come out stating it offers good quality sound(something comparable to Onkyo) then I would be all for it.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 20:36 1

6. bossmt_2 (Posts: 457; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Could be awesome. From my tablet or smart phone I can turn on and change channels with google tv, adjust my home theater volume, and play blurays.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 00:56 1

7. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

I would definitely get such a thing. And I really, really hope this time Google get their marketing strategy right. They need to position their home entertainment devices as something unique in order to make their brand desirable in the hardware world.
I would love to see Google make a good hardware effort. There are currently lots of nice accesories and gadgets tailored for iPhone, because the iPhone sells in the greatest numbers. No Android phone can match that since no single model sells well enough to justify the development and production of lots of accessories. But Android as a system outsells iOS, so it's high time Google steps in.
Besides, I strongly believe that Google, Apple and Microsoft, although starting from completely different points, will eventually meet up and compete in every single area of their activity. And Google hardware is just the next logical step in that direction.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 01:28

8. Bokisa333 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Cool, Android gaming system!

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