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.