WSJ: Google Working On Android-Powered Game Console & Smartwatch


Android-powered game consoles have really started to take off this year, what with devices like the NVIDIA Shield, the Ouya, the GamePop, and others arriving. But they could be set to receive a big boost from Google, which is reportedly developing a game console of its own.

Sources claim the search giant is also working on an Android-powered smartwatch that could launch before the end of the year.

The devices are said to be part of Google’s plan to “build on the success of Android,” The Wall Street Journal reports, which currently powers 75% of smartphones and 57% of tablets worldwide. They will also help Google compete with similar devices from competitors, with Apple and Samsung also expected to launch smartwatch devices before the end of the year.

Google’s console is expected to compete with the new $99 Ouya, which went on sale earlier this week, as well as the upcoming NVIDIA Shield and other Android-powered consoles. The hardware will reportedly be built by the Google X hardware lab, which is separate from its Motorola hardware division.

It’s unclear when the Google console might be available, but it could become a big boost for Android gaming. While Android games are already successful, their migration into the living room has been slow. Support from Google could change that and encourage developers to cater not only for our mobile devices, but our televisions as well.

As for Google’s smartwatch, that’s being built to compete with rumored devices from Apple, Samsung, LG, and others, WSJ’s sources claim. It will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, then allow you to view notification, control music playback, and interact with apps from your wrist — just like the Pebble.

Google has already patented an Android-powered wristwatch, and rumors surrounding the device have been circulating for a number of months. It’s thought the device could be on sale before the end of the year.

WSJ reports that Google is also working on a second-generation Nexus Q, and a low-cost Android smartphone.