Google is expected to launch a 2nd-generation Chromecast media streamer and a new Chromecast Audio device soon. While the company hasn’t actually made any announcements yet, several items that might be next-gen Chromecast hardware have shown up at the FCC website recently.

A few weeks ago I spotted the A4RNC2-6A5, and now it’s been joined by the A4RRUX-J42.

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Both are described as “media streaming” devices with support for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WLAN radios and Bluetooth Low Energy. That’s one clue that these could be the new Chromecast devices. Another is at least one model number: Google used H2G2-42 as the ID for the original Chromecast, in a nod to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If the new model numbers are easter eggs, I haven’t deciphered them yet, but at least one new device has the number 42 in its ID.

j42The original Chromecast has been available for about two years, and offers a cheap and simple solution for streaming internet media to a TV: Plug the $35 device into the HDMI port of your television, connect a micro USB cable for power, and then use your phone, tablet, or PC as a remote control.

According to leaked details obtained by 9to5Google, the next Chromecast will support faster 802.11ac WiFi, while the Chromecast Audio is a device that lets you stream music or other audio to any speaker in your home… or multiple speakers at once if you have multiple Chromecast Audio units.

While there’s no way to be certain if the multimedia streaming devices at the FCC website are the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, we probably won’t have to wait long for more information. Google is holding an event on September 29th, when the company is expected to introduce new Nexus smartphones. It’s likely that the new Chromecast hardware will be officially unveiled at the same time.

thanks Dave!

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One reply on “Google Media Streaming Devices keep hitting the FCC”

  1. How about model “NC2″ is NewChromeCast”? Haha.
    I noticed at Target the other day that the Chromecasts, clearanced at $25, were all gone, and in their place there was a new display case with a round puck like thing from Google. It is not yet on the Target website.

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