A mysterious battery-powered Google device appears in FCC filings

It’s formally August, which suggests we’re getting near the autumn {hardware} season, and two current FCC filings from Amazon and Google may trace at a pair merchandise the businesses might — or might not — reveal.

Google’s product is fairly mysterious; the product is described solely as a “Wireless Device.” It appears to be battery-powered — there isn’t any AC connection — though it may be powered over a 5V USB connection, and one diagram reveals it related to a laptop computer for testing. As 9to5Google noticed, the submitting may point out that that is some type of Nest device — some Nest cameras have used 3.65V rechargeable batteries, for instance.

Google has already stated that the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch will arrive this fall, so no matter this “Wireless Device” is, it may very well be revealed when the corporate shares extra particulars about these different merchandise. Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

We’re extra certain in regards to the Amazon submitting, which appears to level in direction of a barely revised model of the corporate’s premium Echo Studio good speaker. At first look, there’s not an apparent connection: the brand new product is described vaguely as a “Digital Media Receiver,” and digging a bit deeper, the filings point out it has an AC energy cable, which lets it plug into an outlet, and a Zigbee radio, which is usually used for controlling good dwelling merchandise. The submitting itself does not even look to be from Amazon — as an alternative, it was filed by an organization vaguely named Flake LLC.

But Amazon usually makes use of pretend shell corporations for FCC filings to maintain its merchandise secret, and the images of Flake’s one different product filed with the company — one other “Digital Media Receiver” — are a precise match of the Echo Studio. And the newer submitting really says that Echo Studio and this second merchandise are “electrical [sic] similar” aside from a special MediaTek wi-fi chip. It’s not clear precisely why Amazon is swapping the chip, however maybe it is doing it to handle provide chain points, like what another corporations have achieved earlier than: Tesla substituted various chips to assist sustain manufacturing, whereas Panic stated final 12 months it could want to make use of a special CPU in later shipments of its Playdate gaming handheld.

Amazon didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The firm usually holds a September occasion full of device information, however given how minor the change appears to be, there’s an opportunity Amazon does not say something about it in any respect.

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