Google Is Making Its Own Smartwatch And Android Videogame Console To Answer Apple

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Google made a big splash into wearable tech with Glass and even though they haven’t sold a single unit in stores yet, Google already has its sights on making a smartwatch – similar Apple’s rumored iWatch – and a videogame console powered by its Android operating system.

The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon that Google is developing the products on its own in an effort to combat the rumored iWatch and the possibility of an updated Apple TV that could support third-party apps. 

“Google is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets.

The people briefed on the matter said Google is reacting in part to expectations that rival Apple will launch a videogame console as part of its next Apple TV product release.”

Even though the Nexus Q wasn’t released to the public thanks to luke-warm response, the WSJ’s sources say that Google plans to release a second version of the Android-powered media center.

Google is also working on developing low-cost Android smartphones to deploy in developing markets, similar to what Apple is rumored to be working on with the cheaper iPhone. No launch dates are known at this time, but the report states that Google plans to release at least one of the new device this fall.

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  • MrsCleaver

    “Google Is Making Its Own Smartwatch And Android Videogame Console To Answer Apple”

    Shouldn’t that read, “…to answer the Apple smart watch that hasn’t been announced, that no one has seen and may be nothing more than a vapor gadget?”

  • sinfm

    “Google Is Making Its Own Smartwatch And Android Videogame Console To Answer Apple”

    Shouldn’t that read, “…to answer the Apple smart watch that hasn’t been announced, that no one has seen and may be nothing more than a vapor gadget?”

    I was thinking the same thing,.. and how can any of these companies innovate if they are busy trying to predict what Apple is going release?

  • lwdesign1

    Buster, must you insist on forwarding this twaddle of how Google is “answering” an Apple product that doesn’t currently exist and may never exist? It’s one thing to speculate about what Apple or any other company may do, but if so, label it as speculation. The amount of sloppy journalism about Apple in the tech world is simply outrageous. It’s this kind of crud that sends investors into a tizzy and drives stock prices down. Apple is selling iPhones, iPads and iPods in monumentally huge numbers, yet the stock prices are falling because investors are being bombarded daily with tons of Bad Apple News that makes them skittish. Don’t add to the hysteria by using sloppy writing.

  • Bulldogger123
    “Google Is Making Its Own Smartwatch And Android Videogame Console To Answer Apple”

    Shouldn’t that read, “…to answer the Apple smart watch that hasn’t been announced, that no one has seen and may be nothing more than a vapor gadget?”

    I was thinking the same thing,.. and how can any of these companies innovate if they are busy trying to predict what Apple is going release?

    But isn’t kinda the same thing with Google? I mean, isn’t it just speculation that they are developing a device
    to compete with Apple?

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