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Google tests a new streaming media box

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 10 Feb 2012 14:52

Google tests a new streaming media box Stories are emerging about a new device Google is testing which appears to be some sort of streaming media box.
Speculation began back in December when Google filed an application with the FCC asking for permission to test the mystery box. The application explains, "Google is developing an entertainment device that requires testing outside the laboratory environment."

It also provides details about some of the device's technical features. It will connect to Wi-Fi networks, home electronics equipment, and even Blutooth devices. The application also indicates 252 of the experimental devices are involved in the tests, which were scheduled to start on January 17 and run for six months.

According to a report from the New York Times, the device will initially be sold as a streaming music appliance, but later expanded with additional features. That seems plausible considering their streaming music service, Google Music, has been operating since last year.

One interesting question is how Motorola Mobility figures into Google's home entertainment plans. Their acquisition of the smartphone and set-top box maker could be approved by regulators in both the US and EU as soon as next week. While Motorola's smartphones are widely perceived as the focus of Google's interest, their set-top boxes could be just as important.

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