Report: Google Working on Android Game Console, Smart Watch
June 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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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.
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.
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
"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.
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.
The Wall Street Journal
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Google strange partner strategy
7/1/2013 9:38:01 AM
Just wondering... Why does Google continue to welcome partners into its ecosystem only to watch them innovate and then compete against them? It's one thing to viciously attack your competitor on price point (even if you're sacrificing quality along the way) but it just seems a strange way to build partner relationships...
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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