Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

New third-gen Google Chromecast goes on sale before official launch

Oops! Best Buy Accidentally Sells Unannounced 3rd Gen Chromecast Unannounced Google Chromecast with updated design sold at a Best Buy
Mandy Jefferson | 02 October, 2018, 17:25

Google's big October 9 hardware event is fast approaching, and that means we're deep into leak season for upcoming products. GroveStreetHomie claims that Best Buy's system correctly flagged the product with a street date of October 9, but the cashier rang the product up as a second gen Chromecast and allowed the customer to walk out the door with it. It sure looks like Google is also going to announce a new Chromecast device.

The Reddit user has also shared a picture of the new Chromecast 3 and even compared it with the second-generation version therein.

Even though we won't be over in NY for the Made By Google event, we understand we'll be able to see these new products on Australian shores pretty quickly, so if your local JB HiFi isn't selling New Chromecasts just yet, it won't be long before they are. Though we do not expect the new Chromecast to go up in price, the accidental sale is not necessarily indicative of what the final street price might be for the new version. It still has a Micro-USB port for charging. The only way the new Chromecast could make significant waves this year is if it housed Android TV on-board.

The Chromecast 3 appears to share its looks with its predecessor, but ditches the etched Chrome logo for a blank face, save for a subtle "G" logo, with a matt black surface and more rounded curves. When the redditor got home, he noticed that the device was indeed different than others he owned.

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Yesterday, another Redditor, BigGigabit, added that they too had been able to pick up the device in their local Best Buy.

There are rumors that the latest one supports Bluetooth connectivity and also better Wi-Fi reception.

Redditor GroveStreetHomey posted a picture of the device which he says he was unable to set up as the Google Home app requires an update which is not now available.

It's not clear what Google's plans are for a Bluetooth-enabled Chromecast, but the obvious application would be some kind of remote or game controller.

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