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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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RE: snartwatches?
By Wererat on 7/1/2013 4:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
>Can somebody please explain the appeal of smart watches to me?

A watch can provide instant (and tactile) notification whereas the pocket device can't.

Example 1: I'm driving and receive a notification. Is my wife telling me that the house is on fire, or just that we're out of eggs? I don't want to look down to read it, but my wrist is already attached to my hand that's on the steering wheel. (In my case, redouble this usefulness, since my hands are on handlebars and I am *not* going to pull out a phone while riding).

For example 1, substitute weather alert, tweet, etc. as needed.

Example 2: I'm in a meeting and just received something from my team. I'd like to know what it is, but it's disrespectful to haul out the phone and start reading email.

Example 3: I'm walking/riding/whatever and would like to change music, mute the phone, see the weather, or (gasp) see what time it is without pulling out the phone -- basically any simple-control task.

Basically, any time I want the info at hand (pun intended) a wrist device trumps a pocket device. People used to carry pocket watches, then wrist watches supplanted them.

We've gone to pocket phones because they do a great number of things and serve as portable computers, but it's not always convenient, socially acceptable, or even safe to occupy your full attention and one hand to a smartphone.

If I were in marketing, I wouldn't even call it an iWatch; I'd call it an iSee. (although is taken, and not by Apple).

Lastly, I'd say it's just another step in the integration of the computer into our selves. I don't think it'll be too long before the computing/transmitting aspect of the smartphone and the displaying/interacting aspect completely separate.

"We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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