Google to take on Sonos with wireless home entertainment system

Google to take on Sonos with wireless home entertainment system

Summary: Google is working on a wireless home entertainment system, according to the Wall Street Journal. Will it succeed where Google TV has not yet?


When it's not trying to save the world, Google appears to be working on a slightly more mundane new project. According to the Wall Street Journal, the search giant is developing a home entertainment system to stream music throughout your house, which it plans to sell under the Google name.

The system would apparently be part of a growing Google Music ecosystem, streaming your tunes from its cloud-based storage. It may also stream other media, and is most likely the Project Tungsten device that the company unveiled at its Google I/O conference last week, says In theory, it could work with Google TV products to allow streaming video.

The Google system's main competitor would seem to be Sonos, which has recently gone downmarket with cheaper players for its own wireless music system. While Apple has its AirPlay technology, it has thus far ceded the home speaker market to third-party vendors.

Google's own consumer products haven't always been a slam dunk, with Google TV being Exhibit A. However, the company has determined that the connected home is an important frontier for its Android OS, which could eventually help run your TV, stream media, and even control home automation for thermostats and security cams. Of course, Apple appears to be heading in the same direction based on rumors surrounding a possible iTV.

Would you buy a Google home entertainment system? Why or why not? Let us know in the Talkback section.

Topics: Wi-Fi, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Networking

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  • It seems interesting

    I have been using Google Music since the beta opened and i have been very impressed with its progress. I use it at home on several of my computers and at work on my phone all day. Having this kind of integration with different devices around my house would be awesome and worth a try in my opinion. I wouldn't invest to heavily in it at first but if it worked out i could see myself spending money on it.
  • Does it insert audio ads yet? You know thats where its going.

    Or maybe theyre waiting until after theyve collected all your listening track and time and what room of the house you were in info to sell to advertisers before they start that.
    Johnny Vegas
  • I've really wanted something along the lines of a Sonos but

    Sonos prices are exorbitant for what it does. I already have a smarttphone and my computer is hooked up to my stereo, and tv for that matter. And yet the options to just control my media player from the tablet or phone are disappointing. Plus I've come to the conclusion that Google Music may be about the best option for cloud music collections. I'm assuming the Google solution may integrate Google TV and Google Music, and if so, I would definitely be interested.
  • Errr......

    Like all the other Google hardware [and software] products, what this one flop. They are also releasing Google Drive to compete with SkyDrive and iCloud. As Google isd known to sink their products fast, do you want to buy hardware now knowing it may not be supported by next Xmas? Could this be another Google TV turkey? I'm betting so but with the amount of pressure I'm sure Google will spends millions to keep this lame duck afloat.
  • retre

    Could this be another Google TV turkey? Who wants a subwoofer that vibrates the delicate bits inside their TV? I don't know about now.