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Friday, 28 June 2013 10:38

Google working on gaming console: reports

The recently released Ouya runs Android The recently released Ouya runs Android

Google isn't about to be left out of the console wars, with the tech giant prepping an Android-powered video game console according to reports.

The Wall Street Journal, citing 'people familiar with the matter', is reporting the Mountain View company is working on a video game console and a smartwatch, both of which would run Android.

The reports speculate the gaming console would be a second version of the Nexus Q, which was unveiled last year but never actually released.

The Nexus Q was a media-streaming entertainment device that ran Android and integrated with Google Play, to sell at $299 in the United States.

After complaints about a lack of features for the price, the Nexus Q was shelved indefinitely; Google said it needed time to make the product "even better"

The Journal reported the new and improved device, focussed on gaming, could be released as soon as "this fall", which is around springtime for those Down Under.

Ouya last week released its much-anticipated Android console, though it's been met with lukewarm reviews.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment to the Journal.

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