July 30, 2014

WSJ: Google working on Android-based game console

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Google is in the process of developing an Android-based gaming console, reports the Wall Street Journal. Presumably tied to the Google Play Games announced at Google I/O, the console is said to be one of multiple pieces of hardware slated for Google’s roadmap. The others? An Android-based smartwatch and a successor to 2012′s Nexus Q.

“Google is also preparing to release a second version of an Android-powered media-streaming device, called Nexus Q, that was unveiled last year but not sold to the public. The Internet giant hopes to design and market the devices itself and release at least one of them this fall…” – people familiar with the matter

Google has been eyeing the development of consoles such as the OUYA, a $99 game console that also runs Android. Apple, for its part, is also said to be prepping something that plays games through televisions as well. Looking down the road a year or so we should see a number of gaming devices and smartwatches from the familiar players in the mobile space.

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