Google developing game console, smartwatch in reaction to Apple rumors, sources say

Amir Efrati reports for The Wall Street Journal, “Google Inc. is developing a videogame console and digital wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software’s domination beyond smartphones and tablets and build the company’s reputation as a hardware maker.”

MacDailyNews Take: Google’s Android does not dominate tablet or smartphone profits. Just units shipped – thanks to cheap, low-, no-, or negative-margin Chinese feature phones, forked builds from the likes of Amazon (that do not benefit Google in any way, shape, or form), and endless Buy One Get X Free promotions designed to rope in the ignorant. Apple takes the lion’s share of the profits in both the smartphone and tablet markets that they created.

Efrati reports, “With the watch and game console, Google is hoping to combat similar devices that Apple Inc. may release in the future, the people said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Uh oh, with no Eric T. Mole in position on Apple’s BoD, they’ll be about as successful as they’ve been combating the iPad that Steve Jobs smartly hid from him.

Efrati reports, “The Internet giant hopes to design and market the devices itself and release at least one of them this fall, they added… The people briefed on the matter said Google is reacting in part to expectations that rival Apple will launch a videogame console as part of its next Apple TV product release… Last fall Google said it was on track to generate $8 billion annually in gross revenue from mobile devices, though some analysts say the majority of Google’s net mobile revenue comes from Web search and YouTube used on Apple devices.”

Efrati reports, “Jen-Hsun Huang, the chief executive of Nvidia Corp., which makes microchips for devices powered by Android, said in a recent interview that over time there would be three billion people who use Android devices… ‘If you’re a child living outside of California, your first device is likely to be Android,’ he said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: And, when they grow up and get some sense, they can graduate to the real thing, Apple’s iOS.


  1. “You’ve been playing Google Tennis for 12 minutes now. Perhaps you’d like to take a break and Have A Coca-Cola™ Shall I put through a VoIP call to South Bay Athletic Massage for you, like last week? Six friends in your circle are playing Google StreetView Drive® — Shall I pay for that game on your credit card on file and join you into their game?”

  2. “And, when they grow up and get some sense, they can graduate to the real thing, Apple’s iOS.” – MDN

    if iOS7 is the real thing – I wish to be peter pan

    1. When Google beats Apple to market with these things, who will be considered the copier. Face it fellow fanboys, Apple is in a world of hurt. Where are exciting products? Not here in Cupertino, moved to Mtn, View I am afraid.

      1. Christ, you’ll have to do better than that, to avoid looking like a halfwit. I mean we all know you are, but you just make it so obvious. Google copying what? Analysts are talking about an Apple Watch, but where’s the evidence? And in any case, as others have pointed out, there are a number of smart watches on the market, and where did most of them get their idea from? It wouldn’t be the last iPod Nano, which came with a watch face, and an OS? If, and it’s a big if, Apple do introduce a smart watch, they are only following a prescedent that they set, and others have slavishly copied when net talk about an iWatch surfaced.
        And as for a gaming console, what’s an iPhone or iPad, if not a game console? How else do you play the games on them?
        CJ, go and play in the tar pits, your presence here is as relevant as the corpses they’re digging out of them.

    2. Aaaah… little androiders look to find some truth – stick to it baby boys and enjoy your lame, fragmented, malware turd in hands… we shall all still like you but much less this time.

  3. Statement from Jen-Hsun Huang, the chief executive of Nvidia Corp., which makes microchips for devices powered by Android:

    ‘If you’re a child living outside of California, your first device is likely to be Android,’

    … How conveeeeeeenient.

    1. Who are they following? Sony? They have had a smart watch for years. Foxconn? They announced that they are preparing a new smart watch today. They have been around for a long time. It’s not a new idea.

  4. Google is playing chess and smartly countering Apple’s every move. This is something investors find exciting. Google’s product may not be the best or sell the most, but they will keep Google in the game and very much favored by investors. With all the money Apple has it could easily play this game against Google’s search engine business, but Apple just won’t play and the stock will continue to take heavy losses. Apple’s management is either clueless or just doesn’t care to play the game to raise investor interest.

    1. Raymond,
      Not really. What’s MDN’s name — Our Lady of Perpetual Beta?

      Throw hundreds of half-baked ideas at the wall and see what sticks. Remember how Google Wave was going to be the end of email, IM, wikis and all lesser, mediaeval collaboration tools? Just one among many such.

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