Google Hardware On the Horizon

Rounding off a thoroughly Google-filled day, Amir Efrati reports for The Wall Street Journal:

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.

Although a Google-branded stereo certainly seems an odd choice, I imagine it's merely the first step for Google. On the cusp of having its Motorola acquisition approved, Google is evidently shoring up plans for expansion into hardware production, strengthened by Motorola's patent library. By introducing a stereo system, no matter the relevance, Google will announce its entrance into the hardware industry, and it will likely alert competitors in a variety of fields.

Rumors have persisted in recent months and years regarding Google-branded devices leveraging the Search giant's various services. Whether it's a Google-branded tablet, streaming device, or music system, Google's apparently impending introduction into the hardware business lends a large amount of credibility to formerly dismissed rumors.

Considering the veritably chaotic Android device market and the Google TV quagmire, Google-branded devices may well provide some semblance of stability to an otherwise volatile market. Although Efrati writes only of a music system, rest assured, this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

As M.G. Siegler concludes, "Google is getting into hardware."