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WSJ: Google Making AirPlay for Android

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According to the usual band of invisible anonymous sources, the Wall Street Journal says Google's cooking up its own AirPlay rival. Are they? Probably!

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According to the Journal, Google has a single "entertainment system" in mind, which would download and sling songs to Google-made speakers. So, something along the lines of a Sonos system? According to anonymous sources, the "entertainment system" will be out "later this year."

The rumor makes sense: with Android, Google has tablet and phone offerings, just like Apple, along with its own music store, just like Apple. What they lack is a way of beaming all of that music to speakers and boxes around your house—which Apple very much has, and makes playing music on iOS a hell of a lot of fun. So we'll "wait until then" to "see if it happens," but "don't be surprised if it does." [WSJ]

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Ahem. DLNA. I can already do this with my Android phone. Bonus! It works with video and music stored on a different device too! As it is, I can walk into my apartment and have music playing from my PC, controlled by my phone, over my HT system wirelessly, no problems. So I fail to see a problem needing solving here...