Several companies are apparently working on smartwatches after the success of the Pebble Kickstarter project, and Google may be the latest company to add to the list. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is working not only on a smartwatch in response to a future product from Apple, but also an Android-powered game console and a new version of the ill-fated Nexus Q.
The publication goes on to say that Google hopes to release at least one of those products before the year is out, but didn’t mention which one. It’s hard to say which device Google will want to push out first, yet a cheap gaming console seems to make the most sense.
Google has apparently “been watching the efforts” of the Ouya gaming console closely, a Kickstarter project that garnered a lot of attention despite mixed reviews of the final product. The WSJ also says, however, that Google is readying its console in the event that Apple updates the Apple TV to provide similar gaming capabilities in the future.
As for a smartwatch, it seems like almost every major hardware company has expressed interest or has been rumoured to be working on one. And why wouldn’t they when the Pebble smartwatch amassed $10.2 million on Kickstarter last year? Sony has also taken another stab at the smartwatch business recently with its third-generation product, the SmartWatch 2, so clearly the market is warming to the idea of a small second screen that’s easily accessible at all times.
Spotted at Engadget