Google plans home entertainment system

Posted by Kate Taylor

Google's planninng to launch an own-brand home entertainment system, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The device would allow users to download music and other content and stream it to devices around the home - including other Google-branded hardware items such as speakers - with a smartphone or tablet acting as controller.

It would mark the first time the company's sold hardware under its own name rather than, as with the Nexus phone and Google TV, though partnerships with manufacturers.

The move is hinted at in a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to carry out testing on a device.

"Testing will include functional testing of all subsystems, including WiFi and Bluetooth radio. 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 utilizes 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 device, as well as the basic functionality of the device."

According to the WSJ, the device has been years in development by the company's Android team, which has added music to the list of content available in the Android Market. it says it would likely come to market later this year.