Updated Chromecast with Bluetooth support on its way according to FCC filing

Updated Chromecast with Bluetooth support on its way according to FCC filing
Google is working on a new Bluetooth-equipped Chromecast dongle. The current second-generation Chromecast will be three years old this September, but according to new FCC documents, Google has plans to update its popular product with support for Bluetooth radios.

See, Google’s current offering already supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio frequencies, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy. In its current state, though, the Chromecast dongle fails to support traditional Bluetooth frequencies, which is what the FCC documents refer to. This additional support will entail only a small update to the current generation Chromecast – there are no apparent plans for a whole new product. But, unfortunately for current owners, the new support will not be rolling out as part of a software update, meaning those who want traditional Bluetooth support will be forced to purchase a new Chromecast. This is despite the fact that the FCC documents mention that the new product is identical to the current variant. In any case, however, it’s worth noting that the benefits that the new Bluetooth support will bring are currently unclear.

According to data released in October 2017, Google’s Chromecast products have sold over 55 million units since the introduction of the original in 2013. The company is yet to reveal any details surrounding an updated version or perhaps a whole new product, but with Google’s annual I/O event set to take place next week, it seems likely that any new Chromecast products will be announced then. If this is the case, it shouldn’t be too long before the benefits of the new Bluetooth support are revealed in their entirety along with the official release date. On another note, it’ll also remain to be seen if Google has any updates in store for the Chromecast Audio and Chromecast Ultra.


source: FCC via: TechRadar

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5 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I love the chrome cast. It's one of the best pieces of tech you can get for $35. Though I'm not sure how I would benefit from the addition of Bluetooth support. I guess I will have to wait and see.

3. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

To make it accessible in the same way Bluetooth speakers are makes it easy and comfortable for users. It would mean you could carry a Chromecast around and plug it into any TV without the hassles of wifi.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You could connect any Bluetooth speakers or Headphones to the TV now via the Chromecast. That would be a nice bonus in my opinion.

2. zennacko unregistered

If target was clearing them out for $25 last week, something new might be coming soon.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Were they? I've never seen them for less than $30. $25 is a great price.

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