The existing Chromecast dongle will be some three years old this September which means that it’s time for Google to launch a new model that’s more capable than its predecessor. According to a report, a new Chromecast is now in the pipeline which has support for Bluetooth. The unannounced dongle has actually been spotted at the FCC where it has made its customary stop to receive the appropriate certification.
It’s a bit too soon to be sure if it will be possible to use Bluetooth headphones with the new Chromecast dongle as nothing is known about this device so far. Whether or not it will be possible to use Bluetooth keyboards and gamepads with the dongle remains a mystery as well.
Google hasn’t said anything at this point in time so there’s no information about what it’s planning with this Bluetooth support. What the filing reveals for sure is that this is a new Chromecast dongle, an upgraded version of the existing Chromecast, not to be confused with the Chromecast Ultra.
The timing of this filing is right as well given that we’re weeks away from Google’s annual developers’ conference, the I/O 2018. The company has used this stage many times in the past to launch new hardware so if it does have a new Chromecast dongle in the pipeline, we can expect the company to talk about it at I/O 2018.