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    Google Developing Home Entertainment System - WSJ.com (click for full article)

    "Google Inc. is developing a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand, according to people briefed on the company's plans.

    The effort marks a sharp shift in strategy for Google, which for the first would time would design and market consumer electronic devices under the Google brand. The company has up to now mainly focused on developing the operating system that powers devices such as smartphones, tablets and televisions and allowing other companies to build and brand the hardware that uses it.


    Google's Android unit has led a multi-year effort to develop the new entertainment device, which is expected to be unveiled later this year, people familiar with the matter said.


    The new device, along with Google's pending purchase of device maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., shows how serious the Internet giant is about wanting to control both the software and hardware process, a formula used by rival Apple Inc."
     
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    Google's New Home Entertainment System Will Not Be a TV - Technology - The Atlantic Wire
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    "Contrary to expectations, Google's entertainment system project will have nothing to do with streaming TV shows, and instead will focus on music. "Google Inc. is developing a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand," The Wall Street Journal's Amir Efrati reports.

    Considering that the masses have yet to embrace the current streaming TV devices, leaving space for something revolutionary to address a market niche, we wonder why Google has chosen music as the priority for its first Google-made gadget.


    In some ways, perhaps it makes sense. Google's never made something on its own. The company outsourced hardware to Logitech and Sony for its TV, and look how well that went. Sales lagged, and Logitech eventually slashed prices. Instead of debuting its first wholly Google product with something risky and flashy like TV, this might act as a nice test drive for a future mind-blowing all-inclusive streaming wonder product (in our dreams). Google has all the other parts to create an Apple-esque Airplay set-up, which streams music from iTunes to other Mac products. Google has tablets and phones. Google has a music store. Putting it all together should go rather smoothly.


    But, this niche doesn't really need filling. All the current less-than-ideal "streaming TV" sets and boxes incorporate music services, like Spotify and Pandora. So why just focus on music?


    In fairness, it's unclear from the Journal report whether Google only has musical aspirations. "Digital media" could mean shows and movies. What is clear is that streaming is the future. According to new research via The New York Times's Brian Stelter, the 12- to 34-year-old demographic is spending less time in front of a set:



    Adults ages 25 to 34, for instance, watched about four and a half fewer hours of television in the third quarter of 2011 than at the same time in 2010 - the equivalent of about nine minutes a day. Viewers ages 12 to 17 also watched about nine fewer minutes a day. The demographic in between, those ages 18 to 24, watched about six fewer minutes a day."
     
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    Is Google developing a Google TV+Music device? | ITworld (click for full article)

    From the article:

    "And here's where things get really fun. I noticed a bold post on Google+ by Nicolas Charbonnier who runs a site called ARMdevices.net. Charbonnier claims that the new Google device will be under $100 and will be a complete Google TV system with the edition of a 3D gaming engine capable of producing graphics on a par with the Xbox 360. It'll play all Android games, he suggests.

    That all sounded way too good to be true (and those aren't all his claims) so I checked out Charbonnier's website where he listed his sources: the Wall Street Journal post and his own logic and speculation. Ah well. I'm loving the vision here but I think Charbonnier is being very optimistic."
     
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    This sounds like project tungsten, which is part of Android@home which was announced last spring at Google IO.

    Must have been a slow news day. :)


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    Google needs to make their existing stuff work before they venture into anything new. Their tasks and bookmarks still don't sync, and half their apps simply don't work.
    No Gmail for GTV, which is ridiculous, and GTV Chrome stinks (it's like using Internet Explorer....wait for it.....)
     
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    The apps not working is more a function of using the Intel chips in Gtv. The new Arm based Gtv products coming this year will work with all of the apps. Like it or not, we're all probably going to want to upgrade our hardware this year.

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    Its not the hardware.
     
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    Elaborate please, my understanding is that the Intel and ARM architecture differences are what prevent us from simply installing any Android app.

    I would be happy to learn otherwise. :eek:

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    I'm still waiting for one of those LED bulbs that I can control with Android. You know, the ones for Lighting Science ... that were supposed to be out for Fall 2011.
     
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    Yeah, that was a cool demo last year at IO. Tungsten/Android@home is taking forever though.

    Why not just use something like Insteon? I have that and it works well.

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