The folks at The Wall Street Journal are reporting from their own sources close to the matter that Google is planning to release an Android-based game console in the near future. They didn’t have much more information to give us other than a Nexus Q sequel is also in the works, a rumor that’s been floating around for a few weeks now after a media device made its way past the FCC.
But Google’s not stopping there. In an effort to get the jump on Apple and rumors that they’ll be releasing an iPod-like smartwatch later this year, Google will be releasing one of their own. Again, this makes a while lot of sense given the new OS they’ve built for Google Glass which could easily find itself shoehorned into a wrist wearable package.
Could the Android game console and the Nexus Q II be one and the same? It certainly makes a lot of sense. Keep in mind that reportedly, Google wont be leveraging their Motorola unit to build all these new devices, with Google X Labs taking the helm.
No solid word on release timing, although it’s said at least one of these devices will hit the market this fall. Right on schedule for Key Lime Pie and a new Nexus device. As far as the next version of Android — rumored to be titled Key Lime Pie — sources said that it will be much more light, and tailored to low-cost budget handsets for developing countries. Something that should help that fragmentation we’ve been seeing in Gingerbread.
What’s more is Hewlett Packard is rumored to be manufacturing a new line of Android-powered laptops, taking advantage of this next version of Android and making the move into Microsoft’s Windows dominated territory. With Key Lime Pie (name not confirmed), Google will allow manufacturers like Samsung to use the OS in other devices besides typical smartphones and tablets. Don’t be surprised if you find a Samsung Galaxy Fridge at your local appliance store in the future.