Google Building More Hardware
There's little doubt that Android is a great success for Google. Many companies are making smartphones and tablets, with Google making its own reference products with the Nexus 7, 8 and 10. These typically run the most pure version of Android without added customizations by manufacturers.
Lately however the company has started to expand beyond the Nexus line by creating Google branded versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that this may only be a first step for Google. According to the reports, Google is planning to release several new products based on Android, from a smart watch to a gaming console. In order to do this, it will improve Android, especially when it comes to running on low power devices.
There may be various reasons why Google would want to expand its hardware line. Perhaps they see products like the Ouya and want a piece of the action. Maybe they believe the Android market is too centred around Samsung, which currently owns the vast majority of the Android marketshare, and they want to offer alternatives. Or the company may simply have started to enjoy releasing hardware products such as the Chromebook Pixel and they have a goal to become a major hardware player. Either way, these new devices are worth keeping an eye on.