Google Inc is developing a videogame console and a wristwatch based on its Android operating system, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The devices could be available as soon as this Fall, the report, which cited anonymous sources, said.
Google, the world’s No 1 Web search engine, is also working on a revamped version of the Nexus Q music-streaming device, the report said. Google unveiled the Nexus Q in June 2012, but never released the product, which received critical reviews.
Google is increasingly involved in the hardware business as it seeks to better compete against iPhone-maker Apple Inc. It acquired mobile phone company Motorola Mobility last year and Google is currently testing a wearable computing device known as Google Glass.
Google’s Android operating system is the world’s most popular mobile software, featured on three out of every four smartphones sold. A video game console could provide a significant opportunity for Google to expand Android’s reach beyond its stronghold in smartphones and tablets.
Google was not immediately available for comment.
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