Amazon Might Be Working On An Android Console
Sources have told GI that “…Amazon is developing an Android based console for release by the end of this year, most likely by Black Friday.” This new console would be powered by a Qualcomm MPQ chip, which is a Snapdragon-based solution specifically designed and engineered for home theater and set top box products. This new console would have access to Amazon’s App Store, including it’s vast library of Android games. It’s unclear if this Amazon box would be running stock Android, however. Lastly, this console would have its own proprietary controller, similar to the Ouya.
While devices like the Ouya haven’t exactly wowed critics, analysts, and gamers alike, there is a lot of potential in the Android console space. Mad Catz is working on a Tegra-and stock-Android-based console of their own, also for Q4 2013, and Nvidia’s Shield also fits into the mold, even as a portable device.