Looks like Google’s cheaper Chromecast is becoming a reality

by | Jun 8, 2022 | Computers, Electronics, Smartphones | 0 comments

Protocol revealed in January that Google was working on a lower-cost Chromecast video streaming dongle with a 1080p resolution that could be marketed as the “Chromecast HD with Google TV.”

According to a new Google filing with the Federal Communications Commission (via Droid-Life), that device is indeed on the way.

However, the FCC filing does not confirm the existence of a Chromecast. For the time being, it is simply known as the “Google G454V.” There are no juicy leaked images; the filings simply describe the device as a “wireless device” with dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE.

But, if you’ll allow me to draw your attention to this diagram for a moment, I believe everything will become clear:

The device in question is the “EUT,” and this diagram is supposed to be a map of all its connections. Notice how it’s positioned behind the LCD display? Notice how there are no cables connecting it to the LCD display? Isn’t it interesting that the only cable plugged into it is a power cable, and that power cable is USB?

Notice how it has a remote controller, and how it was tested streaming video at 1080p in a related section of the filing below?

Now, I suppose you could put something else behind a screen instead of a Chromecast… but it seems unlikely we’re talking about a Nest wireless speaker. And, while you could possibly pipe streaming video to a wireless soundbar or something similar that could send video to the TV and have a remote control, no HDMI cable is connected to the device in the test setup. Furthermore, across its Nest smart device lineup, Google has consistently preferred barrel jacks for power.

However, Google does have a device with a remote controller and USB power that can be plugged directly into a screen without the use of any other cables. So I’d be surprised if this isn’t the Chromecast discovered by Janko at Protocol.

Not every device that passes the FCC is released, but manufacturers usually don’t submit them until they’re almost ready. I’d bet the price of a low-cost Chromecast will be available this fall. I’m curious how low Google will go: the current Chromecast with Google TV already supports 4K HDR for $50 (currently on sale for $40).

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