Google 'Wireless Device' shows up at FCC, could be new Nest product

Google ‘Wireless Device’ shows up at FCC, could be new Nest product

Ahead of this fall’s Made by Google event, a new “wireless device” was filed with the FCC, which could be a new product for the company’s Nest line.

Before a product with technology such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can be sold in the United States, it must obtain approval from the FCC. In recent years, Google has made its FCC listings much vaguer, hiding the finer details of its new projects from the public until launch.

This morning, a new device from Google, G28DR, was filed with the FCC under the generic moniker of “Wireless Device”, leaving us with a mystery to solve. Let’s do our best to find out what this is, starting with the core facts.

According to the FCC listing, this new Google device is certified for use with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (including the 5 GHz bands of Wi-Fi 5), and does not have other common connectivity options like NFC or UWB. In a document, we also learn that the “Wireless Device” will feature a 3.65V battery.

To perform the necessary signal tests, our mystery Google device was connected via USB to a laptop, meaning it can possibly be charged via a standard USB connection. Alternatively, many of Google’s smart home devices, such as the Nest Hub series, will include a hidden USB port that is used for debugging purposes only and is not intended for customers.

From the few clues we’ve gathered so far, we don’t think this is anything along the lines of Google Pixels, as most would need connectivity options like NFC and cellular, and it’s too early for a new set of Pixels. sprouts. The Chromecast series isn’t likely either, given the inclusion of battery power.

This leads us to believe that today’s Google “wireless device” is probably something along the lines of Nest. While Google did indeed show its hand at Google I/O on what to expect from the Pixel in the fall, the company hasn’t teased much about its next generation of smart home speakers, cameras, and more.

One Nest product already confirmed to be on the way is a wired-only Nest Doorbell that fixes some issues with the battery-equipped version. However, the wired Nest Doorbell series typically expects a voltage higher than 5V, and the model we’re expecting shouldn’t have a battery.

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A similar idea is that we’re seeing a new model in the Nest Cam series, many of which have used a 3.65V battery backup. A new model in this lineup would be welcome, even though Google relaunched the Nest Cam series last year with several new products.

The Nest line will also be updated with the beloved Nest Learning Thermostat. More recently, Google launched the Nest Thermostat, which featured an affordable retail price and benchmark feature set that made it an effective successor to the Nest Thermostat E. Meanwhile, the flagship Nest Learning Thermostat hasn’t had a successor in more than five years. years.

Another possibility is that we’re looking at a new Nest speaker, as smaller models like the original Google Home Mini have used a USB connection before. In that case, this would be the first instance of a battery-powered Nest speaker, without using third-party accessories anyway. We’re certainly in time for a new speaker from Google, but the FCC listing mentions that the device’s regulatory labels must be on the “back,” while most Nest speakers put that information on the bottom.

That said, these are just a few of the possible options from Google’s multifaceted hardware team. There are plenty of opportunities for this new “wireless device” at the FCC to be something we haven’t yet imagined. For example, Google’s Stadia controller uses a similar combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and is equipped with a battery.

We probably won’t know more about what kind of device Google has planned until details leak or the company itself announces it. According to the paperwork, photos of the device itself and the manual will remain confidential until sometime in January, all but confirming that we’ll see its launch later this year.

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