Google Rumored to be Preparing Smart Watch and Game Console to Compete with Apple
According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal
, which cites sources who claim to be familiar with Google’s console and watch plans, the tech giant is rumored to be preparing the release of both an Android-based smart watch as well as a dedicated game console. The moves are meant to counter Apple’s rumored entry into both wearable gadgets and the living room.
Apple seems to be inching closer to penetrating the living room with its advances in the area of gaming. A number of sources speculate that the company could open up the APIs on the Apple TV to allow it to function as a gaming device. Most recently, the company began working with Logitech and Moga on gaming controllers that are seemingly compatible with both the iPhone and the iPod Touch.
Games on both the Android and iOS platform are becoming increasingly popular and profitable, with revenue from the mobile gaming segment being several times that of portable consoles from traditional gaming giants such as Nintendo and Sony. As of right now, Google’s Android operating system already powers three-quarters of all smartphones shipped worldwide with 56.5% of shipped tablets, according to market research firm IDC. If Google’s console does materialize, it would currently share the Android console gaming space with Ouya, a $99 console which began shipping this month.
As far as word of an Android smart watch, not much information is known beyond the ability it boasts to connect to Android smartphones wirelessly. Sources didn’t reveal a feature set or possible applications of the rumored device.
As of right now, Google is said to be developing both the console and the watch device within its own Google X hardware unit, separate from Motorola which Google had acquired last year. In addition to the console and watch, the search giant is also working on the next version of Android, likely to debut as version 5.0 and tout the name Key Lime Pie (according to rumors). The debut of this version is likely to come at Google’s I/O developer conference. According to The Wall Street Journal
, the next iteration of the Android operating system is likely going to attempt to mitigate the problem of fragmentation in the Android ecosystem. If accomplished, this would be a huge advancement for the Android platform.
Source: The Wall Street Journal