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Smartphones and tablets? That's soooo last year. A new report claims the big thinkers at Google are looking beyond those markets for other hardware they can build and power with Android.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Google is planning a big growth spurt for Android, the mobile operating system that powers hundreds of smartphones and tablet devices.
Specifically targeted by the report are a video game console, smart watch and a sequel to the ill-fated Nexus Q media streamer which Google revealed last year and then yanked from sale just as quickly. According to sources familiar with the search giant's plans, one of these Google-designed devices could be released this fall.
According to IDC research, Android now powers 75 percent of all smartphones and 57 percent of tablets worldwide, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Google is exploring other ways to implement the software into new hardware markets.
However, they'll have plenty of competition: Kickstarter-funded Ouya began shipping the retail version of its own $99 game console of the same name, which is powered by the open-source Android operating system. There are also plenty of other media-streaming boxes already on the market, such as the Apple TV and Roku.
Last but not least, everyone wants in on the smart watch market, with Sony announcing a sequel to its own first effort this week -- also powered by Google's Android software. Many others are planned from Samsung and others, which reportedly includes Apple.
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