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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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By inperfectdarkness on 6/29/2013 4:48:49 AM , Rating: 0
A. We already have 3 consoles in the market, 2 of which have a hard time distinguishing themselves from each other. We don't need another N-Gage style release where the MFG doesn't have a fricking clue about consumer demands, tastes and preferences. (Xbox 1 controllers, I'm looking at you).

B. Google doesn't need any more control over my life. Based on just their activities with G-Mail, Youtube, etc, I already know how an Android-based console is going to work:

1. Plug in to TV and internet (connection to internet required).

2. Complete registration process (30 minutes) which requires DOB, blood type, next of kin, and your bank pin number...among other things.

3. EULA 400 pages long that must be signed, which forefits all rights you as a consumer have to redress grievances against Google. May or may-not also render you liable to be involuntarily used in an Android-based "human-cent-Ipad".

4. Attempts at selling 2nd-hand games will be met with legal ramifications the likes of which would make the RIAA proud.

5. In spite of all this, the 3rd party support for Google's console will be tepid at best. It will under-perform, under-achieve, be over-costly, and will carry a lot of red-ink on Google's books. Yet, just as with MS, this will not stop them from bullying their way into the market.

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