Android and Me

Google testing the hardware waters with a “personal communications device”

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Google is working hard to expand its influence, and plans to stay relevant with the way we interact with people, information and objects. Projects like Android@Home and Google Fiber are proof of such, but the Search Giant is not stopping there. Google’s most recent filing with the FCC revolves around a “next generation personal communications device,” which further displays Google’s commitment with their recent jump into hardware manufacturing.

We have recently seen Google hire an Apple Senior Director who was in charge of product quality at his former job. More interestingly, Simon Prakash was pulled in from Apple to work for a “secret project.” We do not know what this project could be related to, but we believe that it is hardware-related (due to his responsibilities at Apple).[1]

It could be possible that Prakash will be working on making sure Google’s product are up to industry standards, and he very well could have something to do with this device and others.

According to the FCC filing, this “next-gen personal communications device” is currently going through testing. It is mentioned that the device features both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, which would make it something like a smartphone.

The device will be tested at Google employees’s houses, as well as Google offices. But more than testing the device, itself, Google is interested in testing the “throughput and stability at the home WiFi networks that will support the device, as well as the basic functionality of the device.”

It is yet unclear exactly what this is all about, but it gives off signs of something great to come. This could be related to Android@Home or Google’s future plans to become an internet provider. And this “communication device” could very well be some form of home phone competitor or the home¬†entertainment¬†system we learned of yesterday.

Regardless, we can expect this service to be affordable, like everything else Google offers. Surely, it would be nice if this happened to be an Android-powered device. It is mentioned that part of the purpose is to test its “real world performance and its impact on applications running on the device.” This just screams “Android” to us.

We will have to wait and see what Google has under its sleeve. That won’t stop us from speculating, though. What do you guys make of this? What do you think this “communications device” could be?

References

  1. Via Venture Beat