class=”topLine Time”> 29/06/13, 11:45 am
Google apparently wants to shake up the video game market: According to media reports, the U.S. group is planning a video game console based on its Android operating system. The development of a Smart Watch and entertainment system Nexus Q is obviously promoted.
Hamburg / New York Google attacks again – and this time the video game market: The U.S. group is planning a multimedia report According to the “Wall Street Journal” (WSJ) own a video game console based on its Android operating system. Even the rumor that Google developing an extensible software with intelligent watch and a new version of its entertainment system Nexus Q was corroborated by the report. Apple’s biggest competitor from Mountain View (California) wanted to expand the use of the Android system on smartphones and tablets also. The newspaper cites unnamed sources in its report.
known is Google’s Android operating system designed primarily as a rival to the iPhone iOS system from the U.S. computer giant Apple and other mobile systems like Windows Phone. Google wanted to demand the newspaper did not comment on the report.
With the Android operating system, Google has become the highest market penetration in mobile devices. According to data from market research IDC ran three of four smartphones sold in the first quarter of Google’s technology, tablets were 57 percent. Google earns on mobile devices, especially in advertising and selling apps.
attack on Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo
By now envisaged hardware offensive would attack the Internet, the video game company also place deer Sony and Microsoft, and Nintendo. Their latest game consoles become more and more entertainment centers: In addition to these games also offer features for home cinema, for video calls and much more. The new Microsoft Xbox and the Sony PlayStation 4 will arrive in the shops before Christmas. But there are already the Quya funded via a Kickstarter project, a gaming console based on Android.
The online games market is huge: The consulting firm PwC estimates that the sales for video games on consoles in 2012 amounted to around 25 billion dollars (19 billion euros) worldwide. 2017 it should reach around 31 billion dollars. Last traditional console games were advised by the competition of games on mobile devices under pressure. Google could both worlds connect more with Android console, the newspaper writes.
The Google competitor Apple is itself rumored for some time to work on an intelligent and extensible with software wristwatch, called a Smart Watch, as well as a new version of its entertainment system “Apple TV”. Google had already introduced an entertainment system called Nexus Q last year, but already set it back a few weeks after the presentation. The device should allow it to look at a TV movies from the Internet or via loudspeaker music from your own collection or also to hear from the net.
Google’s Android operating system has to be designed that can not only run on phones and tablets – but on a variety of different systems. The Group is also developing a computer glasses that has a mini screen and can be controlled via voice commands. Applications are also conceivable for household appliances such as refrigerators.
Google hopes to help private organizations
Google also invites private organizations to participate in a its map service Street View. Universities, tourism authorities or researchers can apply for it to contribute photographs for Street View as Google announced on Thursday. You will then receive a special backpack borrowed from Google, on which a camera is mounted.
The camera takes shots while hiking in all directions. Every 2.5 seconds, a photo shoot, says Google. The data is later incorporated into the Street View service. The tourism authorities have some of the camera service for Google, but the images could convince more people of a site visit.
The first partner is contributing the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the photos of trails along volcanic landscapes. “We will open this pilot program in the coming months for a limited number of groups worldwide,” Google wrote on a company blog. Street View shows in Google’s mapping service to recordings from the street perspective. Google added the service to always spectacular shots, as underwater pictures of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
heated discussion in Germany
In Germany there was at launch of the service fierce debate about privacy because photos of building facades, vehicles and pedestrians are made available online. Street View car number plates and faces, however, are anonymized with a filter. Residents in Germany could also be “pixels” their homes on request. According to Google, walked around 244,000 applications had to be processed before the start. These buildings appear pixelated irrevocably, as the Group has committed to remove the raw material.
is handled as with the new recordings with randomly geknipsten tourists is not clear from Google’s announcement. Presumably, the faces are also here defaced.
The German tourist behavior reacted to the announcement. There already ways to look authentic images of beautiful landscapes and tourist attractions on the Internet, General Manager Claudia Gilles told the news agency dpa. “Photo and video sharing platforms offer this service. Previously Google has not yet approached with his plans to us, in the regions of the offer will be considered with interest.”
(br / dpa / afp)