The Chromecast with Google TV is one of the best Android streaming dongles on the market – pretty impressive for a device that’s almost two years old at this point. The next logical step for Google would be to follow up with a more powerful and capable version. But that apparently won’t happen anytime soon. Instead, Google appears to be readying a cheaper Chromecast.
We first learned that Google was developing a watered-down version of the Chromecast with Google TV in January this year via an APK teardown. A report of Protocol followed shortly after and revealed additional information about the device’s hardware and features. Now, a Google-branded “wireless device” (G454V) has been spotted on the FCC. Although the filing doesn’t explicitly mention that it’s a streaming dongle or a Chromecast device, the diagram linked below in the FCC document makes things pretty clear.
The EUT (Equipment Under Test) in the diagram refers to the device in question and we can see that it is connected to the power outlet via a USB power cable. We can also see that there is a remote control.
The FCC documents also reveal that the device in question supports 1080p video streaming at 60Hz, which is in line with previous rumors and rules out the possibility of it being a Nest speaker. The listing also mentions support for dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and support for Bluetooth LE.
According to previous reports, Chromecast HD with Google TV will be powered by Amlogic S805X2 processor with Mali-G31 GPU. It could also support hardware decoding of the AV1 video codec, which the current Chromecast lacks. FCC appearance usually means the device is closer to launch; however, we have yet to hear about the device from Google.
Google recently extended existing Chromecast 4K with Google TV to 12 new markets, including Europe. It is also coming to India and a few other Asian markets.