Google is working on a videogame console and smartwatch powered by Android software, according to reports.
- Google has openly shared a vision of its free Android operating software being used in a range of devices.
- The new hardware would allow Google to compete with rumoured products from its rival, Apple, including a next generation TV that will include a videogame console and an Apple smartwatch.
- The internet search giant is planning to design and market the two devices and then release at least one of them this autumn, according to reports.
- Google’s smartwatch is expected to connect to smartphones using Bluetooth technology, much like its Google Glass product. Wearable computing is a key focus for major technology companies and Samsung has also said it has plans for an Android-based smartwatch.
- Google also has some experience in the videogames market, as games that run on Android software are growing more quickly than those made for Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo consoles.
- The Wall Street Journal reported the developments based on unnamed sources “familiar with the matter” and also claimed Google is planning to release a second version of its media-streaming device Nexus Q.
- The first version of Google’s home entertainment device was revealed last year but was criticised for costing $299 (£195) and never went on sale to the public.
- Google’s next attempt at the Android-based device is expected to be much less expensive, according to Wall Street Journal sources. The product should help Google sell more music through its streaming service, Google Play.
- The technology company is also reportedly working on low cost Android smartphones that would be released in developing markets, including places where Google plans to help create wireless networks.