Google’s Latest Offerings- Android 4.3, Smartwatch, and Android Console


Google still has a lot planned, despite the company having a remarkable start to 2013. And now, midway through the year, details are emerging on what we should be anticipating next. Google is not exactly good at keeping secrets- and for a company of this magnitude it’s not the easiest thing to do either. That said, here are some of the things Google is planning for. So Google’s latest offerings are:

Android 4.3

Android 4.3

Google’s avoidance of Android 4.3 (or back then 5.0) at the I/O conference was rather disappointing. And while it did later emerge that the next version would simply be a maintenance upgrade of Android v4.2, not much about the v4.3 was known. Even the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One were initially thought to run Androidv4.2. But now, it’s emerging that these will run Android 4.3. A leaked version of the update confirms that it really is a minor update over the existing version, and will only bring a few improvements, such as a new camera app.

If you already own a Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4, you can give the new version a try. The process is not very complex, but if you don’t know what it means to root your device, or run a custom recovery, you probably shouldn’t try it. It does after all, void your warranty. You can expect Android v4.3, one of Google’s latest offerings, pretty soon though.

Google Smartwatch

Google apparently wants in on the Smartwatch business, as it is emerging. With Apple presumably in this race, and with Sony and Pebble already having a solid footing in the market, Google is choosing not to be left out. It’s easy to understand why this is the case. Wearable tech is thought to be the next frontier, with estimates indicating that sales will increase significantly before the close of 2013, and grow tremendously between 2013 and 2015. Google has yet to comment on this. But seeing how Google is keen on opening its own stores in the future, Smartwatches could be an important part in achieving that goal. And hence it is another product to mention in Google’s latest offerings list!

Google’s Android Console

The company’s is not exactly subtle about how it wants to get Android into more products. We all secretly know that Google is planning for world domination, and somehow we are all okay with that. While the company has not been keen on manufacturing, this might soon change, if the news of the Android video console being worked on is accurate.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Google is planning to manufacture its own Android gaming console, to rival with the likes of Ouya, GameStick and Nvidia’s Project Shield. If rumors come true, it would be the hottest of the Google’s latest offerings in 2013. With the rise in popularity of Android games, reports of the console are very plausible. It remains to be seen what Google’s approach will be. With an in-house development team, cloud-streaming games and a long list of Native games though, the pieces of the puzzle will not be too hard to put together.

It’s likely that one of these Google initiatives or rather you can say Google’s latest offerings will be made available before the close of 2013. For now though, all we can do is wait for more details to be released.


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