Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Unannounced 3rd-gen Chromecast gets sold at Best Buy, packs Bluetooth

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A remote? A game controller? —

Now what exactly does a Chromecast need Bluetooth for?

  • Left: The new Chromecast. Right: The old “second gen” Chromecast.

  • 9to5Google scored some pictures of the new Chromecast, too.

  • This FCC-ID shows it’s not the same old Chromecast.

  • It still has a micro USB plug. Gross.

  • More pictures from redditor “BigGigabit” show off the box.

  • If the Bluetooth connectivity is enabling a new feature, why isn’t Google bragging about it on the box?

  • This sure seems like the same old Chromecast functionality.

  • Nothing interesting here.

  • Or here.

Google’s big October 9 hardware event is fast approaching, and that means we’re deep into leak season for upcoming products. The headline announcement is expected to be the Pixel 3 smartphone, but Google usually announces around five different products at these events. Besides the phone, we’re expecting a flagship Chrome OS tablet that doubles as a Pixelbook sequel, a “Google Home Hub” smart display, and now, how about a new Chromecast?

It appears the new “3rd gen” Chromecast is coming, and Reddit user GroveStreetHomie managed to actually buy one at a local Best Buy. Pictures posted by the user show the usual Chromecast hockey puck form factor with a new design—one that replaces the glossy body and Chrome logo with a matte body and a “G” logo. GroveStreetHomie claims that Best Buy’s system correctly flagged the product with a street date of October 9, but the cashier rang the product up as a second gen Chromecast and allowed the customer to walk out the door with it. Apparently the new Chromecast can’t even be activated yet since it depends on a newer version of the Google Home app, which isn’t out yet.

After the initial post, 9to5Google also managed to score pictures of th

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