Google's big October 9 hardware event is fast approaching, and that means we're deep into leak season for upcoming products. But it looks like the surprise for both these products have already been exposed as the Pixel 3 phones were found on the black market and now retailers in the U.S. are already selling the new Chromecast 3.
"I went to Best Buy earlier to pick up a Chromecast for my new TV, then I noticed the packaging and design was different from my first one", Reddit user GroveStreetHomie wrote.
Google is expected to launch a 3rd-gen Chromecast on October 9.
Sadly, the Redditor was unable to use his new device because the Chromecast is telling him to update his Google Home app to a version that has yet to be released. 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.
As you can see in the following image, the new Chromecast is nearly identical to the old one, although there are clear visual differences that will help you differentiate between different Chromecast generations. It also ditches the Chromecast logo for the "G" Google logo used by the Pixel phones. It is still said to charge through micro-USB (and not the new USB Type-C standard) but the HDMI connector no longer sticks magnetically to the device. These showed off the device in full, including the new FCC ID, which reveals what exactly is "new" in this new Chromecast: it has Bluetooth!
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.
This time previous year, it was the Bose QC35 II headphones with Google Assistant built-in and this week the electronics retail giant has accidentally let a 3rd generation Chromecast slip through the front doors before Google has even announced its existence.