There has been no official announcement from Google. However, insiders tell us the company is hard at work on an Android-powered video game console. The still-unnamed machine will function a lot like Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, with motion-controlled game play.
Industry analysts speculate that Google wants to beat rival Apple to the market. Apple is rumored to be updating the next generation of Apple TV to include video games.
Let the Games Begin!
The Android OS already powers more smartphones than Apple’s iOS and recently Amazon upgraded its GameCircle service (a competitor to Apple’s Game Center) to support all types of devices using the Android OS.
And GameCircle isn’t the only game service supporting Android. Google Play Game Services was announced by the company in May. It’s a cloud-based service that supports leaderboards, achievements and more. The company is also working on a new version of its Nexus Q media-streaming device and wearable tech in the form of a smartwatch to compete against Apple’s iWatch.
For Android gamers there are several ways to satisfy your gaming thirst. GamePop is a new Android-based console that provides Android games with a subscription fee of $6.99 per month. Or there’s the Ouya, which just launched, already allows gamers to enjoy more than 100 games like The Amazing Frog and Crazy Cat Lady.
Android: The World’s Most Popular OS
Google has a commanding lead in the smartphone market. For example, during the last few months, it’s estimated that smartphone sales in Europe’s five most important markets have been overwhelmingly dominated by Android-powered devices.
Sales of Android smartphones now account for a 70 percent market share in Europe. In the U.S., it’s a tighter race, with the Android OS recently accounting for 52 percent of smartphone sales, while Apple’s iOS retains 42 percent of the market.
For future game developers (and gamers) that’s good news. Why? Competition is great for the consumer and learning Android app development now could help you become a major “player” in the games industry, too.