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Battery-powered Google device hits FCC approval site

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Over at the FCC approval site (via Android Police), there’s a mysterious battery-powered Google device. The device has a 3.8V Li-ion battery for power, Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a model number of A4R-H2B.

Our first guess was that this is a battery-powered Home device, possibly a Google Home Mini you can take with you on the go. That theory holds weight due to the model number; all of Google’s Home hardware products have the prefix “A4R-H.”

However, Google just merged its Home line with Nest, rebranding the Google Home Hub as the Google Nest Hub, for example. That means the previous model numbering scheme might be different now.

The battery power also throws us off. Yes, a portable Google Home Mini is certainly possible, but what if its actually an alarm clock, similar to the Lenovo Smart Clock? In that case, the battery could be for a backup if you lose power in your home so you don’t have to worry about missing alarms.

There’s also the possibility that this isn’t a Home-related product at all. What if it’s the Google Stadia controller, for example? What if it’s a remote for Chromecasts, something many people have wanted for years now?

The confidentiality agreement between the FCC and Google will drop for this product in November, so we’ll find out before then what it is. In the meantime, what do you think it might be? Better yet, what do you hope it might be? Let us know your theories in the comments!

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