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Google Android Game Console, Smartwatch, and Nexus Q2 Tipped In The Works

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    Google Android console, smartwatch and ?Nexus Q 2? tipped in works - SlashGear (click for full article)

    by Chris Davies - June 27, 2013

    "Google is working on an Android games console similar to OUYA, as well as a smartwatch, sources close to the plans claim, in addition to a media playing replacement to the ill-fated Nexus Q. The new hardware, currently in development the insiders tell the WSJ, will be internally designed and marketed it's said, with the first of the bunch set to hit the market as early as this fall.


    That would be at least in part a different strategy to the approach Google has taken with the Nexus range of smartphones and tablets. There, the search giant has partnered with third-party manufacturers, such as LG, Samsung, and ASUS, to develop hardware which is then badged as a Nexus device.


    In contrast, the Nexus Q was to be an in-house project and a US-manufactured design, when Google announced it at I/O 2012. Poor feedback, uncertainty about what the communal media player was actually meant to do, and a high price tag left the project on shaky ground, however, and Google quickly axed it.


    This time around, Google's primary motivator appears to have been Apple. The company is apparently expecting Apple to launch one or more of the three devices - an "iWatch" smartwatch has been long anticipated, for instance - and so aims to rise to the challenge with alternative products of its own.


    Meanwhile, OUYA - the Kickstarter success which began shipping its Android-based console in bulk earlier this week - is said to be another motivator, with Google apparently "watching the efforts" of the startup closely. Speculation that Apple will add more comprehensive gaming functionality to a future iteration of the Apple TV is also cited.


    Exact hardware details of any of the three devices - smartwatch, media player, or console - have not been shared. However, Google is said to also have been working on a new range of low-cost Android smartphones, intended for developing markets.


    These "budget Nexus" phones would work in tandem with the bizarrely named but ambitious Google Project Loon, the company's plan to bring affordable internet access to areas not currently served by using blimps."
     
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    IMO it's a shame that Google doesn't incorporate these kind of features into GTV devices - instead of creating new devices which might "distract" from the popularity of GTV. Things such as the gaming console, Nexus Q, Chromekey HDMI dongle would all make GTV a stronger product. Instead with all these different devices offering somewhat overlapping/similar functionalities - the GTV market could become more fractured.
     
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    With an eye on Apple, Google is planning a smart watch, video game console based on Android ? Tech News and Analysis (click for full article)

    by Erica Ogg - June 27, 2013

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    Google is also said to be taking another crack at the doomed Nexus Q, a home media device that was scuttled almost as quickly as it was announced last year.


    -- "Google is looking far beyond smartphones and tablets for its mobile operating system, Android: it is reportedly planning on building a whole slew of Android-based devices, including a smart watch and a video game console, according to the Wall Street Journal.


    The motivation is two-fold, according to the Journal' unnamed sources: to "cement the company's reputation as a hardware maker" and to compete with Apple:


    With the watch and game console, Google is hoping to combat similar devices that Apple Inc. AAPL -1.08% may release in the future, according to the people familiar with the matter.


    And that's not all: Google is also said to be taking another crack at the doomed Nexus Q, a home media device that was scuttled almost as quickly as it was announced last year.


    At least one of these is supposed to be announced some time this fall, but it wasn't clear which one was on that schedule.


    A recent meme in tech circles has been that Apple is "no longer innovating" and Google is the one with all the ideas. But Google is, at least according to this report, playing pre-emptive defense in categories it thinks Apple will enter.


    So Google thinks Apple is bringing games to Apple TV - which is not a bad bet, considering the inclusion of game controller APIs in iOS 7, rumors of game controller cases for the iPhone, and the company's continual expansion of content to Apple TV. And clearly it's a good idea for Google as well: it has about as many apps and games in its Google Play store as Apple does in its own App Store.


    Apple has never said anything public about a smart watch, but there's been no shortage of speculation, or reports, that Apple is interested in getting into this business eventually. The smart watch category is pretty obvious for Google, and for any mobile company, really, since wearable tech is only going to grow as a device category.


    What's interesting is who will be first to these categories. Tim Cook already pretty much said no new product categories until 2014, so that does give Google a window of opportunity in the next few months."
     
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    Nexus Q dead, Google Play Movies found at the scene | Android and Me (click for full article)

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    "Fast forward to a recent Play Music app update, which removed support for the Nexus Q. Suddenly, the device was a lot less useful than it already was. And now, the most recent update to Play Movies did the same, basically putting the final nail in the coffin and sealing the Nexus Q's fate for all but the most dedicated of hackers.

    So what's next for Google's Nexus Q? Nothing, it seems. The device is dead, and we can't do anything about it. But will Google have another attempt at a media device like it? A Google TV box in this design would be awesome, if Google TV actually got some attention from Google. It seems that Google doesn't care about GTV whatsoever, but keeps it alive for whatever reason. Giving it a good scrubbing and some new features, plus some good advertising, would do it wonders.

    Google TV is a great concept, but someone needs to make a great implementation.Would you be interested in a true Google-designed TV box?"

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    *To be clear - the original Nexus Q is now officially dead. However this Google streaming device is alive for a future release:

    http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/...nanounced-google-media-streamer-hits-fcc.html

    It's unclear if there will be 2 new seperate devices - a media streamer and an android game console - or if these functions will be combined into one box. It's also unclear how GTV fits into the picture. Will the current version of GTV exist side-by-side with these new product(s)?
     
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    Google And Apple May Bring Us A Console War We Didn't See Coming - Forbes (click for full article)

    by Paul Tassi - June 28, 2013

    "Last night, the Wall Street Journal brought us news that Google Google has now set its sights on making its own Android-based video game console. The kicker? This is supposed to be in response to Apple Apple doing the very same thing.

    Google and Apple video game consoles? Are the Xbox One and PS4 dead already? No. Though this would change the game to some degree, it's more like Google and Apple are creating an entirely new league for themselves."
     
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    Right now I'm leaning in the direction that Google will not kill off the GTV platform as it currently exists. There will be a Google android game console but it won't have things like the PrimeTime Guide and both HDMI IN & HDMI Out like GTV does. This is my hunch for now.
     
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    Skip the dedicated gaming console, Google | PhoneDog (click for full article)

    by Evan Selleck - June 28, 2013

    "I was talking with a few colleagues of mine about Google's rumored plans, and one of them asked me, "Wait, Google TV still exists?" Of course, he knew that Google TV was still around -- he meant it as a joke at Google TV's expense. And the sentiment wasn't missed. Google TV has all but fallen off the radar since its debut, but companies like ASUS and Sony don't seem to mind. The former recently launched a new Google TV-based device, and Sony is getting ready to launch an "Internet Player with Google TV."

    So, Google TV still exists. And, for the record, so does Apple TV. They're still out there, doing things, making some people's TVs better. It's a strange thing knowing this, though, when you hear that Google is apparently gearing up to launch Android on just about everything it can think of, while all the while leaving Google TV out of the picture. Seemingly completely.

    But we'll get back to TV. First, let's talk about this report."
     
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    Google Joins the Crowded Video-Game Fray (GOOG) (click for full article)

    By Eric Bleeker, CFA, Jason Moser, and Chris Hill | More Articles | Save For Later
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    The following video is from Friday's installment of The Motley Fool's Weekly Tech Review, in which host Chris Hill and analysts Eric Bleeker and Jason Moser look at the biggest stories driving the tech sector this week.

    Reports from The Wall Street Journal suggest that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) is working on an Android-powered gaming console, aimed at competing with a future home entertainment device that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) has in the works. Is this unusual move necessary for Google? In this segment, Eric discusses why Google might be better advised to let Apple define its own product in the space and adopt what works to release at a lower price point afterwards, a strategy that was very effective when Google moved into smartphones.

    Overall, Eric questions the need for a video-game system from Google. if the company hasn't found a way to get broader adoption on any TV efforts, why move on to video games right now when Google TV itself is still stagnating?

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    The relevant video segment can be found between 9:11 and 11:38."


     
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    Why Google Could Win the Console Wars - SlashGear (click for full article)

    by Don Reisinger - July 5, 2013

    "If Google TV taught us anything, it's that the search giant has some interest in competing in the living room. The company's platform, which runs on set-top boxes and televisions, is designed to run atop the user's television service and deliver full interactivity with both that programming and all of the entertainment options available on the Web.


    When Google TV was announced years ago, everyone knew that it was an ambitious project. But Google seemed focused on breaking into the living room and succeeding.


    Now that Google TV has become a loser, rumors are swirling that the search giant is considering jumping into the console market. The device, according to the rumor mill, would possibly run on Android and come with complete access to the games currently available in the Google Play marketplace. And since it's Google, the rumor mill argues, it might just have a chance at becoming a hot commodity in the gaming market.


    But I think it could go much further than that. The way I see it, Google might just become the console market's most dominant force if it launches a console. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen."
     
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    Why not just make Google TV the game console?

    I think the big question for the GTV platform is will the Google gaming device also have streaming apps such as Netflix, Amazon Instant, Vudu, etc? If it does than it will cut into GTV sales and probably anger GTV hardware partners.

    Will the gaming console be just a pure gaming console (no entertainment apps) and coexist with the current GTV platform?

    Or maybe the new android gaming console will be the new GTV device?

    Considering that GTV sales currently aren't very good - IMO this development of the rumored Google android gaming console is certainly something to be concerned about (for fans of the current GTV platform).
     
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