A mysterious battery-powered Google gadget seems in FCC filings

It is formally August, which suggests we’re getting near the autumn {hardware} season, and two current FCC filings from Amazon and Google might trace at a pair merchandise the businesses could — or could not — reveal.

Google’s product is fairly mysterious; the product is described solely as a “Wi-fi Machine.” It seems to be battery-powered — there is no AC connection — although it may be powered over a 5V USB connection, and one diagram exhibits it linked to a laptop computer for testing. As 9to5Google noticed, the submitting might point out that that is some sort of Nest gadget — some Nest cameras have used 3.65V rechargeable batteries, for instance.

Google has already stated the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Professional, and Pixel Watch will arrive this fall, so no matter this “Wi-fi Machine” is, it might be revealed when the corporate shares extra particulars about these different merchandise. Google did not reply to a request for remark instantly.

We’re extra certain concerning the Amazon submitting, which seems to level towards a barely revised model of the corporate’s premium Echo Studio sensible speaker. At first look, there’s not an apparent connection: the brand new product is described vaguely as a “Digital Media Receiver,” and digging a bit deeper, the filings point out it has an AC energy cable, which lets it plug into an outlet, and a Zigbee radio, which is often used for controlling sensible house merchandise. The submitting itself would not even look to be from Amazon — as an alternative, it was filed by a vaguely firm named Flake LLC.

However Amazon usually makes use of faux shell firms for FCC filings to maintain its merchandise secret, and the photographs of Flake’s one different product filed with the company — one other “Digital Media Receiver” — are an actual match of the Echo Studio. And the newer submitting really says that that Echo Studio and this second merchandise are “electrical [sic] equivalent” apart from a unique MediaTek wi-fi chip. It isn’t precisely clear why Amazon is swapping the chip, however maybe it is doing it to handle provide chain points, like what another firms have completed earlier than: Tesla substituted different chips to assist sustain manufacturing, whereas Panic stated final yr it could want to make use of a unique CPU in later shipments of its Playdate gaming handheld.

Amazon did not reply to a request for remark instantly. The corporate usually holds a September occasion full of units information, however given how minor the change seems to be, there’s an opportunity Amazon would not say something about it in any respect.