WSJ: Google Is Making an Android Video Game Console and Smartwatch

By Casey Chan on at

According to the WSJ, Google is currently developing an Android-based video game console and 'smartwatch'. More Android in more places means more fun. Less interestingly though, Google is also supposedly developing a second version of the Nexus Q.

Apparently, Google is making these Android-powered devices in reaction to Apple's upcoming devices. Or what many have been expecting to be Apple's upcoming devices. The WSJ reports:

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 apparently been keeping a close eye on the Ouya — the £99 game console powered by Android — too, presumably using it to gauge people's interest in an Android video game box. As for the Google smartwatch, the WSJ says it'll connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Both of these devices are being developed right now so that Apple won't be able to build out a commanding lead like it did with the iPhone and iPad. And lastly, as for that quirky little Nexus Q, which never made it to the UK and was canned pretty much immediately after launch, the upcoming updated version will be a lot less expensive (for reference, the Nexus Q was a ridiculous $300/£200).

Game changing new products come out a lot less frequently than us gadget lovers would want them to, but it looks like Google might be cooking up two. [WSJ]

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