Google files to test "next-gen personal communication device"

Google files to test
Gather round everyone, because it is time for some blind speculation! An FCC filing has come out which shows that Google is planning to test a new "next-gen personal communication device" on its Mountain View campus and around the country. There is almost no information as to what the device could be, but that just means we get to speculate wildly as to what it could be. 

The only information on the filing is that the device includes both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The filing says the testing period is from January 15th to July 15th of this year, and that Google wants to test 102 units across the US. The device is listed as being just a prototype, although it is listed as having been manufactured by Google itself. 

We have no idea what the device could be, although there have already been some guesses from the blogosphere. Some say it's a possibility that it could be the HUD glasses that Google has been rumored to be building, although as it has been explained, that isn't exactly a "communication device", but more of an augmented reality/discovery device. It is also possible that it has something to do with Android@Home, but there isn't really much need for another communication device that would be locked onto a home network. 

So, time for wild guessing! What do you guys think this mystery "next-gen personal communication device" could be? 

source: FCC via SlashGear

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30 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i wonder if this is the google stereo system... it is lacking a cellular connection after all. or maybe google is making an android media player...

17. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

how about google-X

18. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

i think it's gonna be the nexus tablet.

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's the first guess I can get behind! The Nexus Tablet would make sense.

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's a lab not a product.

21. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's not a communication device

2. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

out of guess right now........wow us google!!

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

One thing is for sure, Apple will claim that Google's new widget violates one of their patents....

10. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

true dat. and points for using the original definition of widget: "an unnamed article considered for purposes of hypothetical example".

3. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Please no 3D products.

4. warrenellis93

Posts: 527; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

phonearena is so late.... this story was on engadget a few days ago

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

3d stereoscopic glasses free hologram cellphones!

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think is Android at home. It's supposed to be a medium between home appliances and your Android devices . It's unbelievable I found a magazine of 2000 with fridges that could tell what food is missing or running low washing machines that can control their own detergent and ovens that can sense when food is ready yet none have materialized as we wish they did

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Also I think is no coincidence that the time goes around the time for the IO this could be the most exiting IO ever made if all rumors become true

8. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

That stuff would be way to expensive and unnecessary. I think this has something to do with majel and some sort of communication aspects of it which is going to be better then siri? This is my realistic guess :).

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

My guess would be Majel + Android (ICS?) as the brains/intelligence of a WiFi/Bluetooth hub of some sort that can drive similar Majel-compatible client devices. For example, Majel could turn on a Majel-compatible coffee maker at the requested time. If I am right, you heard it on PA first. Although what I just described may be what protozeloz is describing above.

15. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Thats not going to happen way to unrealistic. Majel being able to change a television channel would be more realistic.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Google has a bit of a reputation for pushing the bar up.... Don't be surprised if something like what I described is shown. It may be too ambitious; then again, it might be spot on.... Michael did invite us to speculate if memory serves.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think the best chance to show Majel off would be the IO maybe is a bit more advanced

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i surely do not want my fridge oven and washing machine to conspire against me. squallz506-"unlock the fridge IRIS, i promise it will be my last beer" IRIS-"im sorry, squallz506 i cannot do that" squallz506-"what? why?" IRIS-"i think you know why squallz506"

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

what is your washing machine gonna do you you? ashing whites and jeans together? using cheap detergent? :P

27. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

it could flood my house with bubbles. no wait, that might be fun...

12. Mimsyborogove923

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They had (maybe still have I don't know) a whole setup at Disneyland when I was a kid that was a whole "future house" with stuff like that in it.

22. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That doesn't quite fit as a personal "communication device" though

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

it could be personal though, doesn't Google TV fits in that category too? maybe its some sort of Google TV android computer that serves as a medium it could be used around the house to help devices with stuff they couldn't perform without a backup about the fridges and washing machines thing, found the magazines when picking up some garbage I had stored, brought back memories and wanted to share it would be cool (and possible with the current tech)

30. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

maybe my idea of a "personal communication device" is limited, but in my head it would be a personal device with which the primary use is communication between people... like a phone, etc. That's why I'm not too sold on it being a device attached to Android@Home, or Google TV or even those HUD glasses

13. Carlitos

Posts: 638; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think is something to do with majel

23. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

interesting idea

28. samiazza

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

29. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

I think it is a Nexus version of the Galaxy Note. But this time with quadcore and wifi only

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