Can Google Challenge Apple's AirPlay?

Google  (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) is reportedly developing a feature to compete with Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) AirPlay technology that allows users to beam content directly from a mobile device to other gadgets such as TVs and speakers. Over the summer, the search giant was planning on launching its Nexus Q, a streaming set-top box that worked with Android devices. It was scrapped at the last minute because of criticism over its pricing and lack of features. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) also already has a strong position in the living room thanks to its Xbox 360 gaming console. Which of these three heavyweights will win out? Fool contributor Evan Niu offers his opinion in the following video.

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  • Report this Comment On November 22, 2012, at 2:55 PM, 13astion wrote:

    Evan, your articles read well and have good structure. I've only seen this one video from you, but, as a member of Toastmasters, I can see your greatest "crutch" to work on for your public speaking is "you know".

    Since your content is interesting, you should work on your delivery to prevent it from being a distraction, which the pervasive presence of "you know" in this video is.

    Perhaps look up Toastmaster clubs in your area -- I'm sure there are several in a place like Austin to choose from. I have found the experience invaluable.

    Regards!

  • Report this Comment On November 23, 2012, at 5:47 PM, rtichy wrote:

    I think one has to ask whether challenging Airplay is strategically useful enough to bother, no? I mean, being Airplay compatible costs something for speaker/amplifier makers. Are they really going to offer Airplay and Bluetooth and Google's streaming solutions? Might it not be easier and more attractive to offer an Airplay device that was just cheaper than an Apple device. So Apple gets a little royalty out of it... you are still able to compete for the spot in the user's hand where the music is.

    And Airplay and competition to Airplay clearly do nothing for search revenues....

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