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Google Tests Consumer Wireless Entertainment Device, Filing Says

February 14, 2012

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc., owner of the world’s largest search engine, is developing an entertainment device that will use wireless home networks, according to a filing at the Federal Communications Commission.

The company will carry out the testing in Mountain View, California, the city where Google is based, along with three other cities, according to the filing. Google’s testing of 252 was scheduled to begin in January and will continue to July.

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

Google is weighing a deeper push into consumer electronics as a way to lessen its dependence on search-related advertising for growth. The company expanded into mobile software with its Android operating system, which runs on smartphones and tablets. It unveiled an initiative in May called “Android@Home” that lets Android applications “discover, connect and communicate” with devices in the home.

Google is also trying to broaden its horizons through the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., a maker of handsets and set-top box devices that work with televisions. The deal has not yet closed.

The testing was previously reported by the GigaOM technology blog.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Womack in San Francisco at bwomack1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net


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