By Alexandra Burlacu | May 19, 2013 11:47 AM EDT
Google apparently has a new surprise up its sleeve, as an unannounced media streamer reportedly hit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Google already had a media streamer - the Nexus Q - but it was short-lived and canceled shortly after making its debut at last year's Google I/O conference. This year's show made no mention of a Nexus Q replacement, but its successor reportedly showed up on the FCC's doorstep.
A new Google device called H840 DEVICE just cleared the FCC this week and fueled lots of speculation about the company's next-generation media streamer. The FCC listing itself doesn't reveal much details, but it does mention that the new gadget "functions as a media player," among other things. The listing is protected by a confidentiality report, so details remain scarce for now.
While many devices hit the FCC with plenty of test photos and details, this is not the case with the new Google gadget. The media streamer had no test photos but it definitely has Google written all over it. The device is currently undergoing necessary testing at the FCC.
While rumors and speculations hinted at all sorts of things to debut at this year's Google I/O, Google did not announce a new Nexus Q. The company also did not announce a new Nexus smartphone or a new version of Android, but this doesn't mean it can't surprise consumers.
The FCC listing suggests that Google could be gearing up to announce a new Nexus Q-like media device. Many also expect the tech giant to announce the rumored Android 4.3 and a white Nexus 4 on June 10.
According to Droid-Life, the new media streaming device could have the codename "Wolfie" and hit the market as Google's answer to the ill-fated Nexus Q, as well as the OUYA game console, combining both gadgets into one device.
The new H840 could sport integration with Google Games, double as a media streamer and serve for other such purposes. It would also make sense for Google to introduce a device that handles Google TV, Games and streaming all in one, and this gadget at the FCC could be it.
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