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Amazon reportedly launching an Android-operated console this year (update)

Amazon is developing an Android-operated gaming console set for release "by the end of the year," Game Informer reports citing people "who have knowledge of the in-development hardware."

The console will have a dedicated controller, use Amazon's library of Android titles on its marketplace and will see release "most likely by Black Friday," according to Game Informer's sources. Amazon currently offers several Android devices, such as its range of Kindle Fire tablets and is rumored to be developing a smartphone with a 3D screen.

The report follows shortly after Amazon's announcement of Amazon Game Studios, a new team within the company focused on creating "innovative, fun and well-crafted games." It also launched moving object game," Living Classics, the studio's first Facebook game.

A few micro-consoles already use Google's smartphone and tablet operating system, such as the Kickstarted Ouya and PlayJam's GameStick. Last month, Polygon reported that Google may be developing its own Android-powered gaming console, which it plans to design and market itself. Shortly after, reports said Google had privately showed off a prototype of a set-top box device featuring a camera and motion sensor during this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

Polygon reached out to Amazon for comment.

Update: An Amazon spokesperson told Polygon that it doesn't comment on rumors and speculation.

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