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Tech giant also working on Android-powered wristwatch, new Nexus Q.

Details are still scarce, but the Wall Street Journal is citing "people familiar with the matter" in reporting that Google has plans to release an Android-based game console in the future.

The Journal's sources say the move is a preemptive step against the persistently rumored (but still not actually real) Apple gaming console, which will supposedly be part of the next Apple TV release (it's always part of the next Apple TV, isn't it?). The console would also come as the market sees a glut of Android-based TV game consoles from other manufacturers, from the just-launched Ouya and the tiny Gamestick to the portable Nvidia Shield and the just-announced MadCatz Project M.O.J.O.

Alongside the surprising game console plans, the WSJ also reports that Google has an Android-powered wristwatch and a new version of the announced-but-not-released Nexus Q in the pipeline. At least one of these products is planned for release this fall, according to the report.

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Google reportedly working on Android game console

A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims Google is working on its own gaming console that will run Android as well as a smart watch that will also use the operating system.

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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.

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Great, a $99 dollar console... that can play Angry Birds, Temple Run and Candy Crush gosh, I wish there's a phone that can do that.

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I'm pretty sure few would buy this console if its only meant to run games like Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc.

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I'm pretty sure few would buy this console if its only meant to run games like Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc.

Mobile gaming has a lot of casual players. Sure, it won't be that successful, but there should be a market for it.

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