On Wednesday, Allen Delattre, global managing director of the electronics and high-tech industry practice at Accenture, said during a brief conversation that “it is only a matter of time” before Google comes out with a home device.
Why? For one thing, such a home device, especially if it doesn’t come with Microsoft software or other applications, will be cheap to manufacture and buy. Google could also cut support cost by developing online support tools. Most support calls aren’t hardware-related anyway, so automating customer service or handling it through the Web should be possible.
More important, the company is increasingly rolling out services that could be promoted by a home device. The device would essentially let consumers hook into the Internet and would be populated with applications developed by Google, such as Gmail and the calendar applications. Naturally, there would be easy links to services such as Google’s video store.