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February 9, 2012

Report: Google Polishing ‘Project Tungsten’ Media Streaming Box

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Google is reportedly developing a streaming music device that could compete with similar products like Sonos, reviving the "Project Tungsten" concept that surfaced last year.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Google is developing a streaming-music product under its own brand name, a departure from the company's practice of licensing its technology, such as its operating system, to third parties.

The device could possibly stream other types of media besides music, the Journal reported.

If true, the device is almost certainly "Project Tungsten"(left), a sort of hub for its "Android at Home" technology, announced at the Google I/O conference last year. At the center of the Android at Home architecture are Android devices, connected with new services that allow your Android device to connect to other devices.

According to Eric Holland, vice president of electrical engineering at Lighting Science, Android@Home will use a new version of a wireless network developed by Google. The network is similar to that used by ZigBee, a low-power wireless network used for short-range home automation, but with enough bandwidth to transmit video, he said last year.