Google buys Green Throttle, a smartphone game controller company

Google logoRumors have been swirling that Google is going to jump into the home game console market with a set-top box. According to Pando Daily, Google has just snapped up a gaming company called "Green Throttle Games," the producer of a gaming controller for Android.

Green Throttle was created by some well-known players in the technology world. The founder of the company is Charles Huang, who also co-founded RedOctane (developer of the Guitar Hero series). The other two key employees were Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend, both long-term Palm employees. Green Throttle mysteriously shut down in November of last year, but judging by the LinkedIn profile timelines of Crowley and Townsend, the Google acquisition was the reason for the closure. According to Pando, the deal includes Green Throttle's staff, but Huang won't be joining Google, and he retains the rights over the Green Throttle business.

Google buys Green Throttle, a smartphone game controller company

It's unclear what Google wants with the company. Green Throttle's product basically boiled down to an Xbox 360 controller clone and a game store app. One of the biggest features of the Green Throttle controller and app was that you could connect up to four controllers simultaneously to a smartphone or tablet. While the Bluetooth spec allowed for a connection to up to eight devices at once, Android can normally only connect to one Bluetooth device of each type.

Townsend now lists his position as "Hardware Guy" at Google on LinkedIn, and Crowley is listed as a "Product Guy." Usually a vague job title at Google means you're working on a secret project, so these two and other Green Throttle employees could be working on a Google set-top box. Our current best guess is that we'll hear more about the Google Game console at Google I/O 2014, which starts June 25.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google

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