Google developing Android smartwatch, game console, cheaper Nexus Q?
Rumors of a Google-made Android smartwatch have been around for months. Back in early 2013, we heard that Google might be working over the details of such a project, deciding whether or not it would move forward on it. Now, sources known to The Wall Street Journal report that Google’s gone ahead with development of the Android smartwatch, but that’s not the only way it’s branching Android out beyond smartphones and tablets.
We’ve already seen evidence that might suggest Google was planning a sequel to last year’s crashed-on-takeoff Nexus Q. While that model seemed quite expensive for what it was at $300, this new Q is said to be significantly more affordable.
Google is also rumored to be creating an Android-based game console, along the lines of what Ouya just released. It seems a little odd that that Google could be working on a pair of set-top Android boxes like these, and wouldn’t just combine the new Nexus Q and this gaming project into one, but perhaps there’s a good reason for why not, that just hasn’t come to light yet.
Supposedly, the upcoming release of Android 5.0 will let OEMs more easily adapt the platform for non-traditional form factors, like smartwatches (and we wonder if Google Glass might not have jump-started this branch of development).