22 July 2020
UPDATE (July 10th, 2020):
After seeing the leaks popping up, Google has released official photos and video of the next Nest smart speaker. These give us a much better look at the speaker than the leaked images. It even looks a lot better and premium which is something Google must be rooting for.
Here's the 13 second video they shared with us. pic.twitter.com/TMw9HSeSbC— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) July 10, 2020
Original (July 9th, 2020)
Google appears to be prepping a new wireless device as the FCC listings make this suggestive, though it is unknown what that device actually is. The spotted model number is GXCA6 and this is the first time it has surfaced on the internet so we have so many questions around its existence. However, assumptions are being made on the basis of some of the minute details available.
It is being assumed that the spotted wireless device could be the rumored “Sabrina” Android TV-powered dongle, a successor to Chromecast Ultra, or next “Prince” speaker which may end up being called a Nest-branded Home speaker. However, details suggest that it is going to be a smart speaker because it has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as connectivity options.
Furthermore, a tipster who goes by the name Android TV Guide (@androidtv_rumor) on Twitter shows it is indeed a next Nest speaker. The tipster claimed to have obtained the images from FCC listing and shared it with everyone. The measurements suggest the next Nest speaker is going to be about the same sort of size as the old Google Home.
If these spotted images are true, we would see a design language similar to the recent Google devices. Upon cross-checking, it came to notice that the images are not available on the FCC, though it is possible that they have been removed for confidentiality reasons. However, the available diagrams show the bottom of the device in question is circular and that’s where the FCC ID and model number are also printed.
The circular shape and 802.11ac WiFi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and Bluetooth LE support confirm outright it to be a home speaker but we still need some evidence on the same, especially when the model number is quite different from the trail. In the past, the model numbers were H2B, H1A, H2C, H0A, and H2D, etc for the smart home-related products and now the GXCA6 appears to be starting a completely different series.
The tipster @androidtv_rumor tells in a follow-up tweet that the same model number is also found on the Japanese wireless standard website.
Let’s wait for the model number GXCA6 to show up at more places and reveal more about itself soon.