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Google is trying to stay ahead of Apple

Google is reportedly looking to expand its Android offerings to the video game console and smart watch markets. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is looking to launch a slew of new products as early as this year, such as a video game console, a smart watch and the Nexus Q media device. 

Google wants to make an Android-based video game console that allows users to not only play Android games on their smartphones and tablets, but also a full-powered system like the upcoming Xbox One or PlayStation 4. No hardware or software details are available at this point. 

Startup OUYA Inc. recently released its own Android-based video game console, which sports Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 1.7 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1GiB DDR3 SDRAM, NVIDIA ULP GeForce graphics and a $99 introductory price. 

Google is reportedly looking to release a console of its own as a response to rumors that Apple is looking to do the same with its Apple TV release at some point. 

The search giant also wants to release a smart watch, which would run the Android mobile operating system and sync with Android smartphones via Bluetooth. This is yet another attempt by Google to stop Apple from being the first to release such devices.

Apple's wearable device is due to be released later this year. Not many details have been released as of yet, but a patent application for a "Bi-stable spring with flexible display" -- filed by Apple in 2011 -- described a bi-stable spring that would be made out of thin steel and wrapped in fabric covering, then heat-sealed. The display would be located on one side of the bracelet (overlaid with an adhesive) and the logic board and battery would be placed on the other side. It also showed a universal fit, a plethora of onboard sensors, wireless charging, etc.

In addition to a game console and a smart watch, Google wants to finally release the next version of its Nexus Q media device this year. The first version was introduced last year, but after users complained about the high $299 price tag, the public release was cancelled. 

The Nexus Q is a cloud-based social streaming media player that can stream Google Play Music, Google Play Movies/TV, and YouTube content to your tablet, smartphone, or TV. The new version is expected to be cheaper. 

Google also has some other Android offerings in the works, such as a Hewlett-Packard built laptop running Android. This is meant to compete more with the likes of touch laptops running Windows 8.

Google is set to release its new version of Android -- dubbed "Key Lime Pie" -- this fall. 

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Aaargh! Spider!
By ShieTar on 6/28/2013 4:19:03 PM , Rating: 1
Google wants to make an Android-based video game console that allows users to not only play Android games on their smartphones and tablets, but also a full-powered system like the upcoming Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

That sentence makes no sence whatsoever. Not even a little bit. Google makes a console that allows me to play Android games on my Playstation? Like, the Google Console will actually physically jump unto the playstation, and rip out the AMD core and replace it with an ARM? Or will it just plug into an USB port and replace the playstation OS with an x86-Android-Version?

I somehow doubt it. I mean, ... I'm and engineer. I tend to sit on the lunch table with other engineers and discuss what exciting things our personal homes could do if money was no problem. Connect your PC and your refrigirator to a storage-system that feeds heat into your wifes hair-dryer? Sure, why not. Add a DC-cable-system to your home in order to drive your PC with the output of your solar panels, with no wasty AC system in the between? Yeah, sounds good.

But an active, aggressive console that wages war on the other consoles in your home? I really don't think so.

Because, you know, the TV won't allow it. And who would argue with his TV?

Also, a console that allows me to play games on my tablet? My tablet already allows me to play games on my tablet, so what the hell is that even supposed to mean?

RE: Aaargh! Spider!
By MojoMan on 6/28/2013 4:29:29 PM , Rating: 2
I think the sentence just means it there will be high powered Google gaming options like Xbox and PS4. You won't play anything like Crysis on an Android tablet, but if they had a high powered console, this could be interesting! This could be REALLY exciting if they get STEAM games to work on it!

RE: Aaargh! Spider!
By MojoMan on 6/28/2013 4:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
Also, I wish there was an edit button for our posts. I know... I should have read my whole preview... Just saying... LOL

RE: Aaargh! Spider!
By Shig on 6/29/2013 12:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
This is the right direction. If Android can get a hit exclusive game, that is very bad news for everyone else. VERY bad news. 880$ per share isn't enough, they need moar.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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