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A Best Buy customer accidently bought the unannounced third-gen Chromecast

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A lucky Reddit user by the name of GroveStreeHomie was able to buy a (currently unannounced) third-generation Chromecast from his local Best Buy. The new device features a slightly tweaked design and might have some new features, such as Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the device is currently unusable as it requires an update to the Google Home app that isn't available yet.
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Well, that’s one way to leak a product.

Unwitting employees at Best Buy apparently sold the unannounced third-generation Chromecast to a lucky customer by complete accident. Redditor GroveStreetHomie posted yesterday that he went to his local Best Buy to pick up a new Chromecast and noticed that the packaging and design of the device he received was a bit different. When he tried to check out, the SKU would not ring up. In order to resolve the issue, the cashier simply rung up the device using the SKU from the second-generation Chromecast.

The Chromecast GroveStreetHomie received is indeed the upcoming third-gen Chromecast, which is expected to be announced at Google’s October 9th hardware event. The FCC ID on the back of the Chromecast matches the one that passed through FCC certification last month.

The design language of the new Chromecast has been tweaked a bit. Instead of a glossy black disc with an HDMI cable coming out one side, the Chromecast 3 features a matte black finish with a subtle “G” instead of the Chrome logo, a lá Google’s PIxel line of devices. GroveStreetHomie unfortunately can’t confirm any of the new features (such as Bluetooth connectivity) due to a required Google Home update that is not yet available. That update will likely be available after the device is officially announced on October 9th.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2018-09-30 (Update: 2018-10- 1)