A new Google gadget has just appeared in an FCC file that … well, it's a child or it's not clear exactly what it's supposed to be. The presentation identifies the product as a "media device" with the model number H2B, which, as indicated in Droid life, fits into the naming scheme of the Google Home product line (now Nest). The original Google Home, Google Home Max, Google Home Hub and Google Nest Hub Max were designated H0A, H0B, H1A and H2A, respectively.
The FCC documents also show that the device operates on a 3.8V lithium-ion battery, which suggests that it may be something portable or, at least, designed to have a backup power source. There is a label on the bottom of the product that shows a thin, tablet-like shape for its base, but it does not indicate the dimensions of the product.
That leaves us wondering what this next Google Home / Nest device could be. The previous FCC files for home devices and Nest with a screen that indicates "video" in the file, suggesting that this product may not have an interactive screen. Nest Guard, Nest Secure's home security system base station, also used lithium ion batteries as backup power in a case or power failure, so we see that Google uses batteries as an emergency power system before, so it's not necessarily portability.
With the recent change of Google's Nest brand, it would not be a surprise if the company is expanding its offer of smart homes, but it is as good as mine when it comes to a device that would have a backup battery and that, however, it would also be media device "in the smart home category. A nest updated by blockade, sans Yale? Maybe even a portable device in the car in the Echo car?
The FCC's confidentiality around the full details will expire on November 27, 2019, so we may obtain more information about it at the annual Google hardware event in the fall. Until then, there is nothing like a little mystery to send us to the weekend.