In the lead up to the announcement of a new Pixel, any new hardware news from Google is big news and a new Google Bluetooth (LE) device (FCC ID A4R-A1JT) has just passed through the FCC.
The device filing was lodged in June, but revealed overnight, with details such as external photos, user manual (yes, there is a user manual) and test setup photos requested by Google to remain confidential until January next year.
Google of course sprung Google Wi-Fi on us last year, but what is this device? The FCC filing is fairly light on details so we can only find vague details.
Those details include that the device uses Bluetooth Low Energy, and has a note on the antenna saying ‘user to antenna separation distance is <5mm.' That's pretty close, so a wearable is likely - with 9to5Google theorising that it's possible that it's a Bluetooth headset given that the upcoming Pixel does away with the 3.5mm jack. It's possible that this could be the 'Bisto' device that popped up in the Google App 7.0 Beta that launched in April which was theorised to be a “hearable”/Google Assistant device. That would be cool.
Of course this could just be another pair of Bluetooth headphones destined for internal use at Google again, but we’d love to see something new and innovative in the Bluetooth space from Google.
What do you think this could be?