WSJ: Google working on Android game console, smartwatch and more

By , Jun 28, 2013

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This is kind of interesting. Hot on the heels of reports that iOS 7 contains proper third-party support for physical game controllers comes word that Google is hard at work building a full-fledged gaming console and smartwatch based on its Android operating system.

The story comes from The Wall Street Journal, who reported last night that the Mountain View-based company is looking to expand its mobile platform beyond smartphones and tablets, and is hoping to combat similar devices that Apple may release in the future…

The Journal’s Amir Efrati has the scoop:

“Google Inc. GOOG +0.39% is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets…

…The people briefed on the matter said Google is reacting in part to expectations that rival Apple will launch a videogame console as part of its next Apple TV product release.”

Google has also been watching Ouya’s efforts with close interest. Ouya, a $99 gaming console built on Android, collected over $8.5 million in pledges as a Kickstarter project last year, and has been making a lot of noise in recent weeks as it finally begins shipping to its backers.

Apparently the search giant is working on a slew of new devices, separate from its Motorola Mobility hardware division, including a smartwatch and a second version of the Nexus Q—a media streaming box that was pulled after brief availability last year for various reasons.

“The company’s hardware efforts come as it wraps up development on the next version of Android, which is expected to be released in the fall. Among other things, the software will be better tailored to the lower-cost smartphones prevalent in developing countries with the aim of firming up Android’s market-share globally, said some of the people familiar with the matter.”

In addition to expanding its own hardware offerings, Efrati says that with the next version of Android—known internally as ‘K release’ or ‘Key Lime Pie’—Google will give manufacturers like Samsung more freedom to use the OS in devices other than smartphones and tablets.

Apple has long been rumored to be expanding its presence in the living room, with either a TV set or advanced set-top box, and more recently has been said to be working on a smartwatch. And with Google now said to be doing the same, it’s time that these rumors materialized.

It seems like things in the mobile world are about to get really exciting.

What do you think?

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  • pizo goon

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    • Falk M.

      Another hero!

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    They are making android products with help of apple product iMac LMAO

  • Boss

    Google should just purchase Nintendo and turn the company around into the right direction making a console better than the Xbox One / PS4

    • Liam Mulcahy

      I don’t think Nintendo would want to do that

    • Kurt

      They have a chance of success if they don’t put spy equipment into their console like the xbox one has

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I want a apple gaming console not a android one

    • Boss

      Buy the Apple Pippin than.
      Personally I think if Apple made a gaming console it’d be too expensive wouldn’t have a Cd/Blu-ray drive as Apple would only make you purchase $60 games digital with no trade in value

    • Pitchy

      Apple TV and mirror your iPhone or iPad. Granted, it’s not the best solution and if you want to get full screen, you need to jailbreak. But you can already kind of do it. Some games even use the TV as the main screen and the mobile screen as a second screen displaying different things.

  • Pitchy

    I really like the idea behind the Sony smart watch. I wish it was better implemented, but Sony didn’t seem to put much love behind it. I read they have opened it up for developers now, so maybe that will bring some much needed love to it.

    It will be interesting to see what Apple and Google come up with. I may be in the nerd category here, but I feel like we are getting into the mockup cyborg category here, with bluetooth headsets, smart watch, google glass, and smart phones… So phone in the pocket, watch displays calls texts, answer the phone from the watch and send it to the headset… all without needing those dastardly Borg-like implants :)

    For a watch, I don’t think it will be very practical for large information, but for info at a glance like text, weather, incoming call, alerts, it will be a wonderful thing… no matter who does it.

  • Gorgonphone

    Lol @ google game console