As Amir Efrati of The Wall Street Journal reports:
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, according to people briefed on the company’s plans.
The effort marks the Internet company’s first full-fledged effort to design and market consumer electronics devices under the Google brand, and represents a sharp shift in strategy.
As I said last week:
If I were a betting man, I’d bet on Google getting into the hardware game with an unexpected device at some point this year.
Today’s news and last week’s news are directly related, but most people overlooked the key aspect last week: Google is getting into hardware.