The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google will soon take on the Ouya and GameStick by launching its own Android gaming console.
Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the WSJ says that Google has been keeping its eye on the success of the recently-launched Ouya, but that it is also developing the console out of expectations that Apple will add gaming features to the next Apple TV. Further details are scarce, but it appears as if the machine would not compete directly against higher-powered machines like the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
In general, Google is said to be “aggressively” seeking to take the next version of Android – reportedly codenamed “Key Lime Pie” – to platforms like laptops, smartwatches, refridgerators and others that go beyond traditional smartphones and tablets. These devices will reportedly include a redone Nexus Q, the media streaming device that Google first introduced last year but did not make commercially available.
The report claims that PC manufacturers like HP are in the process of developing Android-powered notebooks (apparently separate from Google’s existing Chromebooks), which would compete directly against Windows machines. It also says that Google will devote some of its focus on developing “low-cost Android smartphones of its own” in an effort to increase Android’s market share in developing markets.
Finally, the report corroborates earlier rumors that Google is in the process of developing its own Android smartwatch. Given that Google has already made a jump into wearable tech with Google Glass, and given that the market as a whole has seen an increasingly high level of competition, the claim would appear to hold weight.
Google and HP both declined TechnologyGuide‘s request for comment on the matter. The WSJ says that Google hopes to release “at least one” of the gaming console, smartwatch and new Nexus Q trio this fall, when it will also release the next version of Android.
Source: The Wall Street Journal