Last fall, Google brought us not just the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet, but also the Nexus Player, its Android TV-based set-top box. Now with a new Nexus launch event just over the horizon, could Google be ready with a follow-up device? There’s a mysterious new Google product popping its head up in a fresh set set of FCC certification paperwork that’s fueling rumors of just such a second-gen Nexus Player.
Here’s what we know: the FCC documentation describes a Google “multimedia device” with model number NC2-6A5. Confirmed hardware details include four USB ports (plus one micro USB), a single Ethernet port, and wireless support consisting of WiFi and Bluetooth LE.
We also have the label to look at, and as you can see below, the curved text suggests we could be getting a circular device – just like the last Nexus Player.
But does all that mean this is a new Nexus Player? Not exactly, and there are a few inconsistencies and alternate theories worth considering. It’s been pointed out that despite the existing Nexus Player being round, its FCC label text isn’t curved like this at all. And that OnHub WiFi router that launched last month is round, too – but that’s only supposed to get a single USB port. Finally, there’s the model number itself, and the first-gen Nexus Player was the TV-500I, which bears little resemblance to NC2-6A5 – a sign of a different manufacturer, perhaps? For now, we’re not quite sure what to make of this guy, but it’s definitely new Google hardware, all the same.