Google making videogame console and smart watch: report

Jun 28, 2013
Google's videogame console Nexus Q is displayed on July 12, 2012 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Internet giant is working on a new videogame console and smart watch powered by Android software.

Google is working on a videogame console and smart watch powered by Android software that has been a hit in smartphones and tablets, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that the California-based Internet titan is out to expand its hardware line-up to include a new version of a Nexus Q digital media device introduced last year but never brought to market.

Google has openly shared a vision of its free Android operating software being used to put brains into a broad range of devices, including typically 'dumb' machines such as refrigerators or clothes dryers.

Efforts to develop a watch and a game console come as rumors spread of plans for a new-generation Apple TV box, as well as a smart watch, from Google's Cupertino, California-based rival.

Microsoft and Sony have also set out to tighten their grips on modern-day home entertainment with new generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 , which are to be released late this year.

Google did not return AFP requests for comment.

Explore further: EA tests subscription video game service for Xbox One

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Crowd-funded videogame console selling fast

Jun 25, 2013

The crowd-funded Ouya videogame console hit the market on Tuesday and sold out quickly at online retailer Amazon as well as on the website of major US chain store Target.

Microsoft readies new Xbox as entertainment hub

May 21, 2013

Microsoft offers a glimpse Tuesday at a new-generation Xbox as videogame consoles evolve into home entertainment centers and adapt to competition from smartphones and tablets.

Google to make home entertainment system: report

Feb 09, 2012

Google will mirror Apple's winning hardware-software formula with an Android-powered entertainment system that wirelessly streams content through homes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

US panel rejects Motorola bid to block Xbox imports

May 24, 2013

The US International Trade Commission sided with Microsoft in a patent dispute with Google-owned Motorola Mobility that could have led to Xbox 360 videogame consoles being banned from import.

Recommended for you

Microsoft unveils Xbox in China as it faces probe

1 hour ago

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled its Xbox game console in China, the first to enter the market after an official ban 14 years ago, even as it faces a Chinese government probe over business practices.

A smart wristband for nocturnal cyclists

Jul 29, 2014

Five EPFL PhD students have developed a wristband that flashes when the rider reaches out to indicate a turn. Their invention was recognized at a European competition.

Lenovo's smart glasses prototype has battery at neck

Jul 28, 2014

China's PC giant Lenovo last week offered a peek at its Google Glass-competing smart glass prototype, further details of which are to be announced in October. Lenovo's glasses prototype is not an extreme ...

Sapphire talk enlivens guesswork over iPhone 6

Jul 27, 2014

Sapphire screens for the next iPhone? Sapphire is second only to diamond in hardness scratch-proof properties, used in making LEDs, missiles sensors, and on screens for luxury-tier phones. Last year, the ...

User comments : 5

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Scryer
1 / 5 (1) Jun 28, 2013
I think Google saw the 'demand' for a low-priced 'high-quality' console in the Ouya, and maybe they figure they can get a cut of the action. If they really want to get into the Console business, it's going to take more than a shiny machine. It'll take dedication and attention paid to developers, publishers, and maybe even creating an ecosystem for indie developers. They also have to get the controller right, if it's not designed with responsiveness, comfort, and games in mind, then it doesn't matter how good the console is.

Don't design a console in a steel box either, talk with developers, go to the people that actually make the games and get their feedback on the console its specs, its design, the controller's design, everything, use it, reiterate, and go back to them, keep doing that until you have exactly what they need to make gamers happy.

If Google can make something that's responsive, comfortable, easy to use, affordable, and stylish, they just might have a hit.
TheKnowItAll
1 / 5 (1) Jun 28, 2013
This is Google; "We got a few billions to spare. What are we gonna do today? hmmmm." Gotta love them guys. btw this is not an actual quote from them :P
Porgie
1 / 5 (6) Jun 28, 2013
Yep, now they will be able to provide the BO administration more personal information about you upon request. Google is selling your personal info to advertisers and giving it to the BO administration to spy on his enemies. Meaning you. Google is not your friend.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (5) Jul 01, 2013
All hail the new Microsoft.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (1) Jul 01, 2013
"Google is selling your personal info to advertisers and giving it to the BO administration to spy on his enemies." - Porgie

Nothing you do in public is private, my dear little Retro-Flatch.