A new wireless device that might be added to the company’s Nest lineup has surfaced at the FCC ahead of this fall’s Made by Google event.
The FCC must approve a product before it can be sold in the United States if it uses Bluetooth or Wi-Fi technology. Google has recently been able to significantly increase the ambiguity of its FCC filings, keeping the public in the dark about the specifics of its new initiatives until they are ready for distribution.
We now have a riddle to solve when a new Google device, the G28DR, appeared at the FCC this morning with the generic name of Wireless Device. Let’s try to identify what this is, starting with the fundamental information.
This new Google device, according to the FCC listing , has any popular connectivity choices like NFC or UWB but is certified for usage with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (including the 5 GHz bands of Wi-Fi 5). A 3.65V battery will be used by the Wireless Device, according to one paper.
Our mysterious Google item was linked to a laptop through USB in order to perform the necessary signal tests, so it’s possible to assume that it may be charged via a typical USB port. In contrast, many of Google’s smart home products, like the Nest Hub series, will come with a secret USB connector that is only used for debugging and is not intended for users.
Since most of these would require connectivity features like NFC and LTE, and it’s far too soon for a new pair of Pixel Buds, based on the little hints we’ve managed to piece together so far, we don’t think this is anything from Google’s Pixel portfolio. Given the addition of battery power, the Chromecast series is also unlikely.
This makes us think that the Google Wireless Device of today is probably a product from the Nest range. Google effectively hinted at what to expect from the Pixel this fall at Google I/O, but it hasn’t revealed much about its upcoming line of smart home speakers, cameras, and other devices.
An upcoming Nest product that has already been confirmed is a wired-only Nest Doorbell that fixes various problems with the battery-operated model. The device we’re waiting on shouldn’t have a battery, while the wired Nest Doorbell series normally anticipates higher voltage than 5V.
A new model in the Nest Cam series, many of which have employed a 3.65V battery backup, is an example of a similar concept. Despite the fact that Google relaunched the Nest Cam series with a number of new items last year, a new model in this portfolio would be appreciated.
The cherished Nest Learning Thermostat in the Nest series also needs to be updated. The Nest Thermostat, which Google most recently introduced, effectively replaced the Nest Thermostat E because to its low retail price and standard feature set. The original Nest Learning Thermostat hasn’t received a replacement in more than five years.
Another option is that the speaker we’re seeing is a new Nest model, as smaller speakers like the first Google Home Mini have in the past connected through USB. If so, this would be the first instance of a Nest speaker without the use of add-ons from third parties. We are undoubtedly on schedule to release a new Google speaker, but the FCC filing specifies that the device’s regulatory labels should be on the back, whereas the majority of Nest speakers have such information on the underside.
However, this is just a small sample of what Google’s diverse hardware team may offer. This new wireless device in the FCC has a lot of potential to be something we haven’t yet envisioned. For instance, Google’s Stadia Controller has a battery and uses a comparable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth setup.
We probably won’t learn more about the type of device Google has in mind until either information starts to leak out or the firm makes an official announcement. The paperwork states that images of the actual device and the instructions will remain secret until some point in January, all but indicating that the item will appear later this year.
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