A new and mysterious Google device looks like it has passed the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the US. It was first noticed by online fan sites and filed as “FCC ID A4R-GG1) and the filing itself is very vague when it comes to features. It could of course be the new Chromecast that is said to be coming this year, but some hints in the details hint at it being a new version of Google Glass.
Google Glass filed via FCC?
The mystery device was not categorised as are most devices going via the FCC, but simply labelled as a Bluetooth device with support for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi on 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. That seems unnecessary for a wearable like Google Glass, but the GG1 part of the model name strongly suggests it is indeed a new version of the device.
It also apparently has support for Bluetooth LE and rechargeable, non-removable batteries. And included in the package is an AC charger and a USB cable. Another tantalising piece of information is the FCCs label and location document, which you can access by going to the settings menu, regulatory information and scrolling left and right to view device e-labels.
Google would not send many devices through the FCC, especially those that have rechargeable batteries and have a scrollable interface. Those don’t make sense for Chromecast, but do for Google Glass however…