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Google registers a potential new Chromecast with the FCC

A new Chromecast might launch soon. (Source: Google)
A new Chromecast might launch soon. (Source: Google)
Google might have something to debut alongside its new Pixel 6 series in October 2021: a new Chromecast. The Mountain View giant has had a new device certified by the FCC, in a leak that reveals specs most likely associated with a streaming stick of some description. Then again, it makes upgrades over the current Ultra device, if any, hard to pick out.

Rumors in the technosphere concerning Google's next major launch event have mainly focused on the prospect of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, with little thought for any other product that might also be revealed on that date. However, there is now some evidence that the flagship phones may not take their stage alone after all.

They come in the form of a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for a Google GJQ9T, certified as a "Wireless Streaming Device" with not much more than Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, although it does have a standalone case on which its regulatory information will be displayed.

Therefore, it is likely that this device is a Chromecast Ultra successor, an impression reinforced by the mention of a single USB port for 5V charging. It is slightly surprising that Google intends to update this category, as many new smart TVs come with this technology on-board.

Then again, it might be interesting to see if this potential next generation might have a Stadia tie-in of some kind. The latest news on this beleaguered cloud-gaming platform is that Google might "make our infrastructure and tools available to partners who want to build their own interactive streaming platforms", thereby possibly allowing studios such as EA to build their own answer to NVIDIA's GeForce Now without building from scratch.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08- 7 (Update: 2021-08- 7)