The Internet is coming alive with rumours for next week’s Google event in San Francisco, and though two Nexus devices and an updated Chromecast are on the cards already, it looks as if one Chromecast device might not be enough. Rumour has it that a device known only as Chromecast Audio will be launched too. 9to5Google reports that sources familiar with the product have referred to a Chromecast device specifically aimed at WiFi-enabling the speakers in your home.
This device will be separate to Google’s Cast for Audio, a licensed platform allowing third party manufacturers to build Chromecast support into their speakers and other home entertainment devices. The device is codenamed Hendrix, given its close affinity with music and audio, and it looks like a small black hockey puck (more oval shaped, but similar to the Nexus TV). It connects to speakers via a simple 3.5mm headset cable, which will likely be supplied with the unit.
An FCC listing contains some — albeit limited — information about the device, but as is becoming common, there’s no photos or schematics of the device, owing to Google’s request for confidentiality.
That’s about all we know about the Chromecast Audio / Hendrix device at the moment. We’ll come back to you when we find out more!