Mysterious battery-powered Google device appears in FCC filings

It’s officially August, which means we’re approaching the fall hardware season, and two recent FCC filings from Amazon and Google might hint at a few products the companies might — or might not — reveal. .

Google’s product is quite mysterious; the product is described only as a “wireless device”. It appears to be battery powered – there’s no mains connection – although it can be powered via a 5V USB connection, and a diagram shows it connected to a laptop for testing. As 9to5Google seen, the filing could indicate it’s some sort of Nest device – some Nest cameras have used 3.65V rechargeable batteries, for example.

Google has already announced that the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch will arrive this fall, so whatever that “wireless device” is might be revealed when the company shares more details about those other products. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

We’re more sure of the Amazon filing, which appears to point to a barely-reviewed version of the company’s premium Echo Studio smart speaker. At first glance, there’s no obvious connection: the new product is vaguely described as a “digital media receiver”, and digging deeper, the documents say it has an AC power cable. , which allows it to plug into an outlet, and a Zigbee radio, which is commonly used to control smart home products. The filing itself doesn’t even appear to be from Amazon — instead, it was filed by a company loosely named Flake LLC.

But Amazon often uses fake shell companies for FCC filings to keep its products secret, and photos of Flake’s other product filed with the agency — another “digital media receiver” — match exactly. at Echo Studio. And the new repository actually says that this Echo Studio and this second element are “electric [sic] identical” except for a different MediaTek wireless chip. It’s unclear exactly why Amazon is swapping out the chip, but perhaps it’s doing it to fix supply chain issues, like what other companies have done before: Tesla replaced alternative chips to help maintain production, while Panic said last year that it would need to use a different processor in subsequent shipments of its Playdate gaming handheld.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company often holds a September event filled with device news, but given the severity of the change, Amazon may not say anything about it at all.

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