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Mystery Google Product Hits FCC With 5GHz and 2.4GHz WiFi, Bluetooth LE, Model Name “GG1”


Here’s a fun way to get the morning started and your brains moving. According to an FCC filing that went live yesterday, Google has a new product in the works under FCC ID A4R-GG1. This product…is a mystery. I thought about using a picture of a Chromecast at the top of this post because part of me wants to believe that this could very well be the new Chromecast that sources of ours said to expect in Q3. But if you read through the various documents in this filing, it could also be some sort of wearable. In fact, it might just be a new Google Glass.

The device isn’t categorized like most devices we see go through the FCC. Most are labeled as a smartphone or wearable, etc. This one is labeled as “BLUETOOTH & DTS/UNII a/b/g/n/ac” with model name “GG1.” Forget the random category name, but is it foolish of me to think that “GG1” could mean Google Glass? 

After cruising through some of the tests and trying to find any hint as to what this may be, we were able to find that this device supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi in 2.4GHz and 5GHz. It also has Bluetooth LE and rechargeable, non-removable batteries that can’t be accessed by you and I. The product comes with an AC charger and USB cable that when connected to a PC, can provide a “path for charging and data transfer.”

Outside of those features, we should point out that the FCC label is an e-label, meaning it’s not actually on the product, it’s instead embedded in the software of the device. To access it, the FCC’s Label & Location document explains that you need to “navigate to the settings menu,” select regulatory information, and then “scroll left and right to view device e-labels.” Below is a picture of that e-label.

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I don’t know about you, but that rectangular box above looks a lot like a screen from Google Glass.

So is it a new Google Glass? Again, this product is still a mystery. Google and the FCC have done a wonderful job of keeping any really revealing information secret.

I do think that the name “GG1” could mean Google Glass and that the FCC information showing up in a black rectangle shape as an e-label that is only accessed via swipe gestures in a UI fits that idea. You certainly can’t swipe around on a Chromecast. But I’m also wondering why Glass needs 802.11ac WiFi, with 2.4GHz and 5GHz support. A new Chromecast would benefit from the 5GHz more than Glass. But then again, this device has rechargeable batteries, which doesn’t necessarily make sense for a Chromecast.

This device strikes me as something that is portable and that connects to another device via Bluetooth.

I’m still not sure it’s a new Glass, though. Then again, the Wall Street Journal claimed back in April that a new one would be out soon.


Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!
  • JLV90

    Google Garage, it’s a garage door opener.

  • Kevin Yao

    SAR reports –> device that’s close to the human body; thus, this can only be either a watch or glass for now. =)

  • TechCritic

    If you’re going to have Wifi at all, support for 5 Ghz is pretty standard these days. For one thing, Google is almost certainly going to use an off the shelf chip to enable Wifi and Bluetooth, like nearly all electronics manufacturers do. Being that 5 Ghz is pretty standard, it’s probably supported by just about all of the latest, and thus most power efficient chipsets. Unless 5Ghz substantially increases battery drain, why would they disable it? It’s very useful today since the 2.4 Ghz spectrum is often affected by substantial interference, and it makes the device future proof.

    Connecting Glass and a smartphone via an ad-hoc Wifi connection would allow for extremely fast wireless data transfers. Bluetooth, even the non-LE variety, is incredibly slow by comparison. I’m not sure if much data is currently stored locally on glass, but this would be helpful in any use case that involves large file transfers. The 2.4 Ghz spectrum is often almost unusable in highly populated areas like apartment complexes, and it’s only potential advantage is increased solid object permeability. Glass is on average like 4 feet away from your smartphone, so object permeability is a non-issue, and 5 Ghz avoid interference and allows faster transfers.

    The GG1 name does seem to indicate glass, but I think the FCC classification may be significant. I’m taking the authors word on how products are usually categorized, but if that the case you can be sure Apple would try to use such an ambiguous classification for all of its products. You can be sure they’ve tried, but if it didn’t happen that means the FCC didn’t budge. So maybe this product really doesn’t fit into the existing categories.

    Based on the broad category, I’m thinking it’s possible that it’s part of an expandable hardware solution for the Internet of thing / home automation. It could be Raspberry Pi like board intended to power actual IOT consumer products – add your own sensors and physical form factor. It could also be the same thing in a case with batteries, but allowing users to plug in sensors themselves. It could be a home automation hub.

    Actually, on second thought if I’m right, it should also be being tested for 802.15 or whatever the IOT protocol Google is pushing is called. Unless that falls under Wifi. It does use the same wireless spectrum, so if they’re only testing RF emitted, I suppose you wouldn’t need another test for it.

  • jeff stevens

    could be google microwave oven get ready for google popcorn lol could be an new phone the android one heard might be an announcement july 15

  • JaxVenture

    If I’m all lucky it will be Google Glass and if I’m not it will probably be a square faced nexus watch.

    Congress passed a law that would allow manufacturers to not print the FCC info on products anymore so they can look pretty.

  • mlawlor777

    I really hope it’s glass. I’m still very interested in getting one. But didn’t google say something about indefinitely suspending the Google Glass program? Thought i read that somewhere

    • JaxVenture

      No they didn’t that was what reporters were saying. Google moved it from X labs into a production group under new boss

  • ehTuBrutus

    Google Gundam 1….

  • TylerChappell

    Ah yes, the new Google Glass that they didn’t have ready in time to show off at Google I/O. But I suppose that’s what happens when you move your dev conference forward a month. 😛

  • It would make sense. Everyone is getting into the wearable tech field and Google definitely wants to be apart of it. I’m all for Google Glass.

  • flosserelli

    Giggity-Giggity-1 (?)


  • backslashV

    how do u guys or other websites know when a device visits fcc?

    • pfista

      It’s public information, along with IPOs and non-provisional patents. The people and services who monitor these sources of information have a range of motives for doing so.

  • The reason it would need WiFi is to match up with the current features available on Android Wear. You’ll still get your notifications and such over WiFi, not needing to rely on Bluetooth.

    • the current Glass can connect with WiFi without a phone. (not sure if it can still get notifications without bluetooth though)

  • compwagon

    5Ghz and 802.11ac could be for live streaming. Didn’t they end up having to disable that on the Explorer due to performance issues?

  • Kevin

    i think its a crackhead that got hold of the wrong stuff!

  • MicBib

    That FCC e-label has the exact same display ratio as the original Google Glass screen (640×360).

    • fodawim

      Yep, the e-label when extracted also has the same resolution. (640×360)

  • Rick_Diesel

    Nexus Watch

  • Bryan

    I’m sure it’s Glass. What else could it be with all of those features?

  • Qbancelli

    If it is Glass and under $500, I’m buying it.

  • Gregory Hill

    The WiFi could be used for a similar purpose to WiFi on Android Wear (i.e. connectivity without the need to tether to a phone). Just guessing.

  • Joel Crane

    “But I’m also wondering why Glass needs 802.11ac WiFi, with 2.4GHz and 5GHz support”

    Many high-density Wi-Fi networks are outright disabling 2.4 GHz support these days, especially at trade shows and large events like that. 2.4 GHz is just a mess that we can’t deploy reliable networks anymore for in those environments, so 2.4 GHz-only devices are considered “legacy”, and are lucky to get support at all.

    Putting a 5 GHz support on Glass *totally* makes sense.

  • Droid-Lifer

    I got to test Google Glass at one of the events Google held in Durham, and it was really cool. I would really like to have them, but not at the cost of ~$1,500.00 they were asking at the time. If they could put a better camera on it (think S6 or G4 quality) and sell if for ~$350.00 (or less) then I would buy one in a heartbeat! Mainly for the hands free photos. I think any parent knows how many precious moments are missed reaching for a phone to get the camera only to have your child move before you can get the shot. Having an always ready, hands free camera would be great!

    • Suicide_Note

      It would need OIS to prevent blurriness from head shake, right?

  • W. Paul Schenck

    Maybe the WiFi is so that it can take advantage of the Google Fi network?

  • jerflash

    A4R-GG1 in other words “Augment 4 Reality – Google Glass 1” since it would be the first consumer model. I liked mine but had to give it back..not ready for prime time…maybe this will be!

    • Heh A4R is Google’s FCC ID. It’s part of the ID for all of their products.

      • jerflash

        Ha! good to know…they have been planning this all along lol

      • Grefharp

        the actual google glass fcc id is A4R-X1. I think its just a naming convention and GG is just a coincidence

        • zurginator

          X1 since Glass was a Google X project.

          GG1 since it’s now a consumer device.

    • CoolSilver

      I had same exact thought on A4R

    • michael arazan

      A Google Glass product with dual purpose that also has VR technology would be great

  • jwildman16

    Seems like Google Glass, but thinking outside the box – What if it’s a Chromecast with a battery? Maybe it could charge while not in use and then use the battery for supplemental power while in use, negating the need for a separate USB cable. Just a thought.

    • TSY87

      So you would plug and unplug the usb cable from the chrome cast? I don’t understand.

      • jwildman16

        No, I’m thinking then you wouldn’t need a USB cable. It would get a small amount of power from the HDMI port while plugged in. I think the newest HDMI spec provides enough power to run the Chromecast without separate power, but my TV doesn’t have it, so I’m not sure if that’s true.

        • NipplesOfTheFuture

          Not likely. An internal battery would increase cost and be completely unnecessary.
          What would the point of removing the Chromecast from behind the TV just to charge the internal battery? It doesn’t make sense.

          • jwildman16

            Power via HDMI. No need to remove.

          • NipplesOfTheFuture

            The current Chromecast already has that ability. Adding a battery would add no benefit.
            As you already stated in your original comment, most TVs don’t provide power to HDMI.

          • jwildman16

            I didn’t state that specifically. I thought even the older specs provided power, just not very much. That could be wrong, though.

    • 4n1m4L

      No. Too many cables is a characteristic of modern television, not a problem.

    • JSo

      I don’t think TVs give off enough power to charge a battery. Although the Chromecast can be ran without plugging it into a wall if your TV has a USB port, some devices require to be plugged in to the wall because TVs barely have enough power to run them on their own.

  • Suicide_Note

    It’s a smart refrigerator.

    • say592

      With non-user serviceable battery backup and powered by USB? Must be really energy efficient! Sign me up for the Nexus Refrigerator!

      • Andrew

        Root and custom ROMs for your fridge!

        FridgeROM 0.5 beta

        Doesn’t go below 60F
        Doors open randomly
        Ice dispenser drops a cube every once in a while (workaround: just leave a glass there to catch it)

        You tell me!

        • DanSan

          well done sir

        • Mike Aurin

          This was great.

        • Raven

          Hey, my Whirlpool refrigerator already randomly drops ice cubes every once in a while. They may already have a patent on that.

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      • michael arazan

        After saying that, I’m thinking another nest device. Google admitted to expanding their nest devices outside of thermostats to implement all around homes, but didn’t give specifics.

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