Google Testing Mystery Entertainment System


Google has filed an application with the FCC for a 6-month permission to test a home entertainment system involving WiFi and Bluetooth enabled devices. While I don’t quite understand all the legal-speak, it seems quite clear that the system has to do with Android@Home, which was announced at Google I/O 2011. You can find the application here.

Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary: 

Google is developing an entertainment device that requires testing outside the laboratory environment. The device is in the prototyping phase and will be modified prior to final compliance testing.

Please explain the purpose of operation: 

Testing throughput and stability of home WiFi networks using an entertainment 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. This line of testing will reveal real world engineering issues and reliability of networks.

What do you think said “entertainment device(s)” will include? With Android@Home, Android Open Accessory, and Google TV yet to make a huge splash, it could be Google I/O 2012 where physical products, accessories, and readily available apps and games make their first appearances. What do you think Google is dreaming up?

Raveesh Bhalla
Multifaceted too the highest degree: I'm the co-founder of Apps Culture (an app development studio), an amateur golfer, former sport-blogger, now a tech blogger. And all this, while pursuing an undergrad degree in Computer Science in India.

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  1. Hopefully some kind of DVR solution. For those that missed it, last year Google bought a truly awesome product I own, SageTV. Best part of Sage is the commskip plug in that automatically indexes commercials and skips them on playback-don’t even have to touch the remote.

    1.  That’s not going to make the TV companies very happy. Could get interesting.

  2. Game console? I’m a pc gamer but that would be very cool!

    1. I was thinking more along the lines of a Tungsen device (/ Project Tungsten), but game console sounds cool, though farfetched imo.,2817,2385158,00.asp 

    2. Once GoogleTV gets the Onlive app – which Onlive already said was coming, and signed a deal with Google – it will be an awesome gaming platform (If you have good internet). 

      I haven’t touched my PS3 in over 4 months since getting an Onlive controller.

  3. Maybe they will do a type of OnLive thing even, or just a Android game console..

  4. I think we’re gonna be looking at a much more broad home automation application here. Entertainment is just one small facet of how what they’re trying to test could apply. I’d be much more excited to find out Google had a vast amount of practical applacations in mind when dreaming up this technology.

  5. Interesting that some of this jives with what was in the Kansas City Star in the last day or tow about the fiber network Google is installing here.

  6. Knowing the way Google is, and some wishfull thinking, I would hope that it is some kind of all in one solution. such as a wifi enabled game having internet pushing television with social media capabilities. Also I think a cool edition would be instead of needing a cable box everything could be built in and wifi powered that way your television could be moved throughout your house without prejudice.

  7. well from the way it sounds, it could be a super-charged stereo system on crack, with maybe some Gtv features and defiantly use of google music as well as easy control from phones through bluetooth.

  8. Digital Home Android system  to control Light, Temperature, Security, Intercom, online Fridge, etc?

    A system that companies develop apps & accessories around?

  9. All they need to do is continue improving google tv. Can already do any form of entertainment including games.

  10. Maybe home integration, as in control of everything from your phone lights, furnace, tv, security cameras, music from google music through stereo. Android integrated into fridge (makes you a shopping list sent to your phone when you run low on food).

  11. Hoping game console here.

  12. I want my place to run cyanogen. Bad assery

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