June 27, 2013 / 11:10 PM / in 4 years

Google developing Android videogame console: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - 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 Google signage is seen at the company's headquarters in New York January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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.

Reporting By Alexei Oreskovic. Editing by Andre Grenon

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