Looks like Google’s cheaper Chromecast is becoming a reality


In January, Protocol revealed that Google was working on a cheaper Chromecast video streaming dongle that would reach 1080p resolution, which could eventually be sold as “Chromecast HD with Google TV”.

Now, a new Google repository with the Federal Communications Commission (via Droid-Life) suggests that the device is on its way.

Note that the FCC filing does not directly confirm a Chromecast. For now, it’s just the “Google G454V”. There are no juicy leaked images; the filings simply describe it as a “wireless device” with dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth LE.

But if you allow me to draw your attention to this diagram for a moment, my friends, I think everything will become clear:

The EUT (equipment under test) appears to connect directly to a monitor with no intermediate cables, as well as a wireless remote and a Bluetooth headset.
Image: FCC

The “EUT” is the gadget we’re talking about, and this diagram is supposed to be a map of all of its connections. Notice how it sits behind the LCD screen? Notice it is not connected to the LCD with cables? Notice how the only the cable plugged into it is a power cable, and that power cable is USB?

Also notice how it has a remote control and – in a related part of the dossier below – it has been tested streaming video at 1080p?

The device streams 1080p video while charging from a USB cable.
Image: FCC

Now I guess there might be other kind of gadget you’d place behind a screen instead of a Chromecast… but it seems pretty likely we’re not talking about a Nest wireless speaker. And while you could possibly direct the streaming video to a wireless soundbar or something that could transmit the video to the TV and have a remote, there’s no HDMI cable connected to the device in the test setup. Additionally, Google has always favored barrel plugs for powering its line of Nest smart devices.

But Google has a gadget with a USB remote and power supply that plugs directly into a display with no other cables involved. So I’ll be very surprised if it’s not exactly Janko’s Chromecast Protocol discovered.

Not every device that hits the FCC is released, but manufacturers typically don’t submit them until they’re relatively close. I’d bet the price of a cheap Chromecast we’ll see it this fall. I wonder how low Google will go though: the current Chromecast with Google TV already does 4K HDR for $50 (currently $40 on sale).

Chromecast with Google TV

The Chromecast with Google TV features an updated user interface that combines content recommendations from all your favorite streaming services. It also supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.


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