Earlier this year it was revealed that Google could be looking to introduce a next-gen Chromecast. The FCC filing at that time revealed that the device could be gaining Bluetooth and now according to a bunch of new documents that were recently made public, it seems to not only confirm Bluetooth, but also improved WiFi performance.
The reports reveal that Google has made some hardware changes to the Chromecast, such as the changing to a 5GHz antenna. According to Google’s notes, this will increase the antenna’s gain from 2.1 dBi to 4dBi. The documents also reveal a possible design for the device, in which it appears that Google will be retaining the same circular puck-shaped design, along with a dongle that will connect to displays via HDMI.
Given that the last time the Chromecast was updated was back in 2015, it’s safe to say that it is definitely due for a refresh. There is no word on when the new Chromecast will be unveiled as it was previously thought that it could have been revealed at Google I/O 2018 earlier this year, but since that did not happen, we suppose that it might be announced alongside the Pixel 3 which should be revealed in the coming month or two.
The Pixel 3 event has also been rumored to be the launchpad for other Google hardware, such as Google-made Pixel smartwatch, and also a Google-made Assistant Smart Display.