Google reportedly working on Android game console


The Android-powered Ouya released this week, but Google is reportedly making its own Android console.

Several third-party game consoles have been developed using Google's Android operating system, but a new report says the tech giant wants to release its own console, likely within the year.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Google is working on an Android console as well as a smart watch that runs the operating system. The devices could be released as early as this fall, the report claims, citing unnamed sources.

The report doesn't clarify if Google would make the device itself or if it would be made through a third-party hardware provider, a move the company has used extensively with its Nexus brand of smartphones and tablets. The Journal's sources claim the devices are being made in anticipation of similar products by Apple, which has long been rumored to be working on smart watch and television devices that may possibly run iOS apps.

Android, the most-used smartphone operating system in the world, has been used in several gaming devices that have launched in the past year. Ouya, which publicly launched through retail outlets Tuesday, is perhaps the most notable console running Android, having obtained tremendous crowdfunding support through Kickstarter. Most Android gaming devices released so far have used interface skins and their own stores, however, making their Android roots less noticeable.

Source: The Wall Street Journal via Polygon | Image via Ouya

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Many of you really need to think outside the box. iOS and Android gaming has been limited ot mobile devices, because that is the big thing now.

However, any Unix base operating system can be adapted to run on any hardware platform. As we have seen Microsoft is running Windows and Office on ARM. Who would have guessed?

Android is a NIX based operating system just like iOS and OS X is. There is already Android x86 and x86 is the most versatile and flexible platform on this planet. NO OTHER PLATFORM IS IN THE LEAD.

Android x86 could certainly compete with any XBOX or PS4 because it would be the same hardware.

Many of you remind me of how some ppl feel about kid actors. You know, once you see them as kids, its hard to see them acting ion other better roles.

Just because Android is all mobile, doesn't mean it has ot stay that way. Android x86 supports Intyel chips, it also supports Nvidia GPU's. I am sure it can support AMD chips as well. All you need is to update the code.

The only problem I see is, competing against Direct X may be hard, but it is not impossible.
Google maybe can't beat Sony or MS right now, especially on a 1st gen system, but with some time they can certainly beat Nintendo. PC's are actually mor epowerful than consoles thanks to x86. Now MS and Sony are using x86. So if Google did too, whose to say what the games will be like?

Come on guys, think outside your smartphone. A Google console doesn't have to be those cheesy ones we see now made by those start-ups. We are talking about Google who has billions to spend to make something better.

TechieXP said,
Many of you really need to think outside the box. iOS and Android gaming has been limited ot mobile devices, because that is the big thing now.

However, any Unix base operating system can be adapted to run on any hardware platform. As we have seen Microsoft is running Windows and Office on ARM. Who would have guessed?

Android is a NIX based operating system just like iOS and OS X is. There is already Android x86 and x86 is the most versatile and flexible platform on this planet. NO OTHER PLATFORM IS IN THE LEAD.

Android x86 could certainly compete with any XBOX or PS4 because it would be the same hardware.

Many of you remind me of how some ppl feel about kid actors. You know, once you see them as kids, its hard to see them acting ion other better roles.

Just because Android is all mobile, doesn't mean it has ot stay that way. Android x86 supports Intyel chips, it also supports Nvidia GPU's. I am sure it can support AMD chips as well. All you need is to update the code.

The only problem I see is, competing against Direct X may be hard, but it is not impossible.
Google maybe can't beat Sony or MS right now, especially on a 1st gen system, but with some time they can certainly beat Nintendo. PC's are actually mor epowerful than consoles thanks to x86. Now MS and Sony are using x86. So if Google did too, whose to say what the games will be like?

Come on guys, think outside your smartphone. A Google console doesn't have to be those cheesy ones we see now made by those start-ups. We are talking about Google who has billions to spend to make something better.

I think the issue at hand is the frienemy issue. Sony is going to push it's PlayStation app on its android devices. If there is a Google console that supported something like Play Anywhere (since it's android -> android), you would end up butting heads with one of your OEM partners.

Android needs OpenGL ES3.0 or the full OpenGL API along with desktop quality hardware if Google really wants to achieve console-grade gaming.

To all Google naysayers and MS fanboys are you guys living in denial by making claim that Google can not be successful as Xboner or PS3. This company has lots of potential and I am sure your beloved Bald Ballmer laughed when first iphone was launched and took threat very lightly. So advise is never underestimate your competitor especially when its coming from titan like Google.

So what you're saying is, you're going to support a product that you know close to nothing about because it is going to have "Google" on it?

airedwin said,
So what you're saying is, you're going to support a product that you know close to nothing about because it is going to have "Google" on it?

Competition is good my friend, even for you. I support new entrants and more competition. Let the truly best product prevail unlike trying to abuse monopolistic power.

Google isn't trying to compete with Sony or Microsoft, they just want a android device that hooks up to the TV and plays all of the markets programs, most peoples smartphones already do this, but this time we will have a controller as well

Not totally ridiculous.

These days companies, particularly tech companies, can't just focus on one area. Hell they can't even focus on just 3 or 4. They need fingers in every pie.

Hardware, Software, Gaming, Phones, Cloud computing, Web services like mail or photo sharing, Social networking...list is endless.

All about getting you onto their wide net of services. Why? Because once you're in it's harder and harder to switch out.

So am I missing something here? The source link is just a page with a title. Nothing else. Or is it an issue on my end.

So far...just a rumor and nothing else.

EDIT: WSJ site is just a title. odd

Edited by techbeck, Jun 28 2013, 3:52am :

The idea of Android competing with PS4 or XBOX-1 is totally ridiculous. Is Google talking about modern warfare, COD type of games?

minster11 said,
The idea of Android competing with PS4 or XBOX-1 is totally ridiculous.

I doubt that is their intention. Android doesnt have the capability to compete with XBOX or PS4. But lots like simple easy games to pass the time. I often play old Atari games on my PC which pale to comparison with a PS or XBOX system.

Competing with PS4 and Xbox One, probably not. But have you seen the quality of some of those $0.99 games. Take a look at Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour (
https://play.google.com/store/...id.ANMP.GloftM4HM&hl=en). Sure, it's probably not as good as COD, but it also won't cost you $400-500 for the console and an additional $60 for the game and another $60 for XBL or PSN. Android consoles like the Ouya are $100 with a controller. So that's $100.99 total for a pretty solid FPS experience on your TV.
People on a tight budget wouldn't think about it twice.

techbeck said,

I doubt that is their intention. Android doesnt have the capability to compete with XBOX or PS4. But lots like simple easy games to pass the time. I often play old Atari games on my PC which pale to comparison with a PS or XBOX system.

That is false. Android is a NIX based operating system. It can compete on equal level with any console. Software is driven by hardware. If someone writes the proper coding foundation you can have equal or better games on Android.

What would need to change is simple. Google would need to move away from lopw level hardware like chips made by ARM. They would at leats need to support something more powerful like PPC or X86.

Again, Android is a NIX (Linux) based OS that has only been limited by the hardware as it was meant to be a mobile platform. However if anyone has every seen Android x86, it is far more powerful because the hardware is too. If Google can write drivers that can support today's GPU's which shouldn't be a problem, the games would be awesome.

Intel chips are already support under Android x86. Nvidia is already support on Android x86.

I do agree that Google may not be aiming for Microsoft or Sony, but they could easily beat Nintendo and give MS and Sony some competition.

Just remember x86 is the most versatile and flexible platform on the planet. Any OS that can support it will be powerful. To claim a Unix/Linux based OS couldnt be is simply false.

TechieXP said,
What would need to change is simple. Google would need to move away from lopw level hardware like chips made by ARM. They would at leats need to support something more powerful like PPC or X86.

You are right about the hardware part but Google will also need to seriously work on the Android's SDK and APIs because right now it's a huge PITA for most developers. It's one of the reasons you see most higher profile games being either iOS exclusives or ported to Android a few months later.

I play Android games on my phone every day in the bus to work and in cases i am waiting for someone outside. I am PC gamer and also owned several consoles so far and currently play MMOs and latest games on my GTX 770 on my PC. The gaming on Android is no less fun and would love to have Android console too.

Avi Patel said,
android based gaming....no thanks.
There's nothing inherently wrong with Android gaming. I just do NOT see the point of mobile gaming that's going to be played in a home theater...

it will be a raging success just like google tv and nexus Q. I mean,who wouldn't love playing primitive smartphone games on your tv. that's what ive been dreaming for.

vcfan said,
it will be a raging success just like google tv and nexus Q. I mean,who wouldn't love playing primitive smartphone games on your tv. that's what ive been dreaming for.

Nexus Q never made it out of the gate. Just like many other products from many other companies. And speaking of Google TV, lots of other companies have had failures as well. Never know unless you try. There is often lots of flops than successes. No matter what company you are talking about.

And what you call primitive games has been a success on both Android and iPhone. Lots would like to play it on a bigger screen or have a dedicated device. OF course, depends on the amount of people and if it is profitable. I know I like loading up console roms on my phone, connecting it to a TV, and playing it via a blue tooth controller.

Edited by techbeck, Jun 28 2013, 3:55am :

I'm not sure if they're all available on Android (I'm an iOS guy), but you're probably the only one who calls games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Bastion, Star Command, Final Fantasy V, Sonic CD, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Back to the Future, Walking Dead, Monkey Island Tale, etc. "primitive games."

a0me said,
I'm not sure if they're all available on Android (I'm an iOS guy), but you're probably the only one who calls games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Bastion, Star Command, Final Fantasy V, Sonic CD, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Back to the Future, Walking Dead, Monkey Island Tale, etc. "primitive games."

It's only primitive when Google does it. Falling over ourselves if Microsoft does it.

There is a demand for casual, mobile type games on the TV. I mean, you can get Angry Birds for the Xbox 360, which is also flooded with games that could easily run on an iPhone or Galaxy phone.

vcfan said,
it will be a raging success just like google tv and nexus Q. I mean,who wouldn't love playing primitive smartphone games on your tv. that's what ive been dreaming for.
You mean like you can on a jailbroken iTv?

Why wait for a console from Google? You can use an MHL adapter and an HDMI cord and play all your smartphone games on TV now. And since Android supports Bluetooth connections to a keyboard/Mouse/Joypad you can use some phones as a full desktop PC. I use my Note II like that on a regular basis. Even tho its resolution is 1280x720....it offloads all media at full 1080.

I do the same thing. Pretty sweet to be able to load up hundreds of game ROMs and play them on a big screen. A dedicated device would be nice tho. But its anyones guess on whether it will be a hit.

Hmm, it would probably be best advised to partner with Ouya, since they are already on the market and it would be a very good partnership.
If not, I have a feeling this will definitely harm Ouya's business.

JTaylor69 said,
Hmm, it would probably be best advised to partner with Ouya, since they are already on the market and it would be a very good partnership.
If not, I have a feeling this will definitely harm Ouya's business.

+1
Perhaps we will see a buyout in the future?

JTaylor69 said,
Hmm, it would probably be best advised to partner with Ouya, since they are already on the market and it would be a very good partnership.
If not, I have a feeling this will definitely harm Ouya's business.
Really? How? I mean that's like saying well HTC and Samsung should partner up because Samsung selling Android phones is harming HTC's business. Its call competition. Either you have thr best option and you win, or you don't and you don't win.

Just because Google is bigger and has more money, doesn;t mean automatic success. I thought you learned that with company's like Apple. Apple though PING would be an instant success because they assume every iTunes user would just start using it. They were wrong. It didnt even last a year. Microsoft has had that problem too. Assumign everything branded Windows will have success and it simply hasn;t. Even stuff not branded Windows, like Xbox was not met with open arms early on.

Microsoft's hard dedication to XBOX and pushing hard and beating Sony and Nintendo in console sales is what has driven the platform. A platform is only as good as the partners who help it succeed. Money doesn't insure success.