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.