Google to make Android gaming console, smartwatch; HP to build Android laptops?

Google to make Android gaming console, smartwatch; HP to build Android laptops?If you’re not trying to take over the entire freakin’ world, you’re just not doing it right. Or so the theory goes.

Not content with having the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, Google is tipped to be working on a gaming console and a smartwatch, while we’re also told to brace for HP-built Android laptops.

That’s the story according to The Wall Street Journal, with the gist being that Mountain View ultimately wants Android to move beyond just smartphones and tablets.

With the Android-powered games console and smartwatch, Google is apparently attempting to preempt similar devices from Apple. The Apple iWatch is expected later this year, or early 2014, while gaming could - inevitably will, at some point - feature heavily in Apple TV.

In addition, HP is said to be working on Android-powered laptops, that “will compete with those powered by Microsoft's Windows software”.

Anonymous sources add that Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0) will arrive in autumn, with a focus on powering low-cost smartphones in emerging markets. Heck, Google is even supposedly making its own low-cost phone. Say what?

And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s also another version of the ill-fated Nexus Q on the cards. The media streaming device was ultimately given away free last year to those who had pre-ordered.

Got all that? Google games console, Google smartwatch, HP Android laptops, Key Lime Pie, low-cost Google phone, and a new Nexus Q. Phew.

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CTPAHHIK  Jun. 28, 2013 at 14:28

Google console, smart watch, Android laptops, Google phones is the future of technological innovation very soon be available to everyone. All Google devices will be seamlessly connected in the cloud - Google NET.
In the other news, Google is looking at partnership with Sky for content delivery via Google NET.
I'm starting to build a nuclear bunker. :p

Stelph  Jun. 28, 2013 at 14:31

TBH I think a set top box is a good place for Google to get into, as shown by the OUYA there is a market for it and so a branded google version which, like the nexus, is priced competitively would do well, but its not going to be that much of a concern to the likes of Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo

Watch is more meh, theres been some interesting examples come out but until they start cramming some essential tech in there (biometrics so it can track your HR without a chest belt for example) I cant see it as a major market tbh

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 28, 2013 at 14:45

I don't see how set top box is able to compete with XBOX and PS. Don't know what kind of features will be included in upcoming consoles, but set top box functionality would be a must.

satchef1  Jun. 28, 2013 at 15:33

It will probably be cheap, much like OUYA and Gamestick, and there's a good chance it would also be a 'Google TV' device. That said, Microsoft are rumoured to be working on something similar along with their own game streaming technology. If that is true then Google will be in for a bit of a challenge on the TV front.

barrybarryk  Jun. 28, 2013 at 15:41

Google have tried a set top box, it flopped spectacularly, though they're still throwing money at it in the states. A Google Android powered console will be the same rubbish as the Ouya/ Gamestick/Mojo/ [insert any of the dozen ridiculous android systems that connect to a TV here] because the store just doesn't have the support for games that use a dedicated controller because there are far, far too many phones and tablets out there using the same store. And lets just not bring up the Q

Google powered laptops? Like I dunno, Chromebooks no one wants or an Android tablet with a keyboard you can already buy? Not exactly a new product.

And a "Smart Watch" still seems utterly pointless to me.

Treab  Jun. 28, 2013 at 18:32



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