Google ‘Wireless Device’ hits FCC, could be Nest

Ahead of this fall’s Made by Google event, a new “Wireless Device” has surfaced at the FCC that could be a new product for the company’s Nest line.

Before a product with technology like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can be sold in the United States, it must obtain FCC approval. In recent years, Google has managed to make its FCC listings much more vague, hiding the finer details of its new projects from the public until the time of publication.

This morning, a new Google device, G28DR, showed up at the FCC with the generic moniker “Wireless Device”, leaving us with a mystery to solve. Let’s do our best to understand what it’s all about, starting with the basic facts.

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

To perform the necessary signal tests, our mysterious Google device was connected via USB to a laptop, which means we can expect it to be rechargeable 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 which is only used for debugging purposes and not intended for customers.

From the few clues we’ve gathered so far, we don’t think it’s something in Google’s Pixel line, as most of them would need connectivity options like than NFC and cellular, and it’s way too early for a new set of Pixels. Buds. The Chromecast series is also unlikely, given the inclusion of battery power.

This leads us to believe that today’s Google “wireless device” is likely part of the Nest lineup. While Google did show its hand at Google I/O about what to expect from Pixel in the fall, the company hasn’t teased much about its next generation of smart home speakers, cameras, etc

A Nest product that has already been confirmed for release is a Wired Nest Doorbell only which solves some problems of the version equipped with the battery. However, the wired Nest Doorbell series generally expects higher voltage than 5V, and the model we expect should not have a battery.

Google Nest Camera

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

The Nest range also needs a refresh for the beloved Nest Learning Thermostat. More recently, Google launched the Nest thermostatwhich featured an affordable retail price and a core feature set that made it an effective successor to the Nest Thermostat E. Meanwhile, the flagship Nest Learning Thermostat hasn’t had a successor for over five 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 this case, it would be the first instance of a Nest speaker with a battery – without using third-party accessories anyway. We’re certainly on schedule for a new Google speaker, but the FCC listing says 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 handful of possible options from Google’s multifaceted hardware team. There are many opportunities for this new “wireless device” in the FCC to be something we haven’t imagined yet. For example, Google Stadia Controller uses a similar combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and is battery-powered.

We probably won’t know more about the type of device Google has planned until details are leaked or the company itself announces it. According to the documents, the photos of the device itself and the manual will remain confidential until January, confirming all but that we will see it launch later this year.

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