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Google (GOOG) is working on an Android-based console and smartwatch, as well as a new version of...

Google (GOOG) is working on an Android-based console and smartwatch, as well as a new version of its much-panned Nexus Q streamer (announced last year, but never sold), the WSJ reports; the paper adds Google hopes to "release at least one of [the devices] this fall." Sources claim Google's console efforts, which should please Nvidia (NVDA) whether or not a Tegra processor is used, are partly a reaction to expectations the next Apple TV will act as a console (no doubt thanks to iOS 7's game controller support), and that the company has been following startup Ouya's launch of a $100 Android console. (FT smartwatch report)
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  • Tae Kim 75
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    "first version of its spherically shaped Nexus Q home-entertainment device—the first-ever consumer device designed and marketed by Google—was unveiled last year, but its sale to the public was canceled amid criticism that its $299 price tag was too high.

     

    The next version of the Android-based device, which is supposed to help Google sell more music and movies through Google Play, will be much less expensive, said the people familiar with the matter."

     

    I expect a cheap ($99?) Apple TV/Ouya/Roku device that lets you play Android games, run Android apps (stream NFLX), and buy movies/music digital media on Google Play store. Bad for AMZN.
    27 Jun 2013, 06:26 PM Reply Like
  • Island_Dweller
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    Too many unknowns at this point, but the announcement is indeed a curious one. MSFT and SNE have to be at least a little bit nervous, but again without much to go on the threat is simply just a warning shot.

     

    I think what's a more compelling story is how much this could be a boon for game publishers [TTWO, ERTS, ATVI]. More outlets to sell their software has to be considered a good thing.
    28 Jun 2013, 12:19 AM Reply Like
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