It’s been rumoured for a while but it now seems Google could be getting ready to launch an all-new Chromecast TV streaming device. As spotted by the eagle-eyed team at 9to5Google, a new listing has recently appeared on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website.
In the US, no device that features wireless capabilities can go on sale until it’s been approved by the FCC so this is a clear indication that a launch could be iminenent.
Although not named in the listing the description says the product is an “Interactive Media Streaming Device.”
This would tally with the features found on the current Chromecast. Alongside this main listing, there’s also a secondary device which is rumoured to be a remote control.
There’s been a huge amount of speculation about this new TV dongle moving away from the current smartphone controls and this now looks almost certain to be the case.
According to the latest rumours, you’ll be able to control other Google Assistant-compatible devices, like any nearby smart lighting or a central heating system, like Google-owned Nest. The remote can be used to control your TV – like a universal remote, sources say.
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Of course, this is all a world away from the current-generation Chromecast, which can only be controlled by loading videos within your smartphone or tablet streaming apps, before beaming the episode or movie to the big screen with a tap of the Cast button.
If you need to pause your show, you’ll need to shout to a nearby Google Home, or pull-out your phone.
There’s no doubt that a dedicated remote control will make it a little easier to perform this daily function. It also means viewers at home will be able to tune-in to Disney+ and Netflix shows even if they don’t have a smartphone – perfect for younger family members hoping to watch something on the TV. That’s not something that works with the current Chromecast.
Google was scheduled to hold its annual developer conference back in May, however, the event was canned due to the ongoing public health crisis. If the event had gone ahead, it seems like the ideal time for Google to announce a new streaming device to consumers and third-party developers.
As it stands, there’s no rumoured release date for the new Chromecast. However, given the features purportedly coming to the Chromecast successor, we hope it’s not far away.
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