Google Planning Mystery “Personal Communication Device”


Google obviously has a major interest in mobile devices, as should be patently clear from its work on Android for smartphones and tablets. We’ve heard recently about some more out-there projects, like the idea of an Android-based pair of glasses with a heads-up display. The latest to pique our interest arrives thanks to an FCC application, in which Google describes its plans to test a “next generation personal communication device”.

The application mentions that the device will use Bluetooth and WiFi for communication, and will undergo testing both at Google facilities and in the homes of employees. The purpose of this testing will be to confirm the basic functionality of these devices, while seeing what kind of a load they’ll place on WiFi networks.

So, just what might Google be up-to here? Those Android glasses could certainly be a candidate for the mystery project, but the sky’s really the limit. We know Google loves the opportunity to do some real-world data collection when it gets the chance; maybe we’re looking at something that will act as a crowd-sourced sensor net of some kind, uploading data over WiFi when a network is within reach. Whatever it is, it doesn’t sound like a regular smartphone, but that’s probably in the right ballpark.

Google’s requested to perform its testing through the middle of July; maybe we’ll learn more about these mystery devices sometime around then.

Source: FCC

Via: SlashGear

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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