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New Google Chromecast to come with Bluetooth support: Report

After two iterations, Google is planning to launch a new Chromecast with Bluetooth support.

  • Published: May 8, 2018 5:11 PM IST

Google Chromecast is one of the most popular streaming devices in India. The product has undergone two iterations. However, a big feature missing from both the variants was Bluetooth. Fortunately, that might not be for long. According to a report from the 9to5Google, a refreshed version of the second-generation Chromecast has been listed on FCC’s website. The listing shows the device supporting 2.4GHz Bluetooth.

There’s not much clarity on what Google plans on doing with the wireless technology yet, but we can see it coming handy in a few scenarios. It can be used to connect the device with a gamepad, Bluetooth speaker or maybe even other devices around the house.

That said, the listing also reveals that the older version of Chromecast will not be getting the Bluetooth update. A letter sent by Google to the FCC reads, “For clarity, devices bearing FCC ID A4RNC2-6A5 will not receive the software update to enable legacy Bluetooth operations,”. The ‘A4RNC2-6A5’ here stands for the current generation of Chromecast that was launched in 2015. Besides the Bluetooth update, there’s not much that is changing with the Chromecast. It is said to carry the same features and the circular design.

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Not just though, there are also talks about Google launching a new Android TV stick with a design close to the existing Chromecast. The device was sported on FCC last month, after being pulled off shorty. Based on that, we’re not absolutely sure if we would get to the see the device any soon.

The new Chromecast will most likely be announced at Google’s I/O Developer Conference that will be commencing today. As the company is gearing towards the event, you can also expect them to reveal more details about Android P, Wear OS, Chrome OS, and Google Assistant, among other things.

  • Published Date: May 8, 2018 5:11 PM IST