In this week’s top stories: an unknown ‘Wireless Device’ from Google shows up at FCC, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 details leak via Amazon, Pixel series August update is delayed and more.
A new device from Google was registered with the FCC this week under the vague description of “Wireless Device.” Based on the available evidence, we’ve come up with quite a few plausible explanations for what this mysterious Google product could be, including a new Nest device.
This leads us to believe that Google’s current “wireless device” is probably something in the Nest range. While Google effectively showed its hand at Google I/O in the fall for what to expect from Pixel, the company hasn’t been much teased by its next-generation smart speakers, cameras, and more for the home.
With only a few days to go until the official unveiling, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 appeared in a full Amazon listing this week. As you’d expect, the list featured quite a few official product images, specs, and other details about Samsung’s next foldable phone, most notably a reveal of the revamped S Pen.
The other image shows a new S Pen case for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in a greenish-gray color that seems to match the phone inside. The stylus also matches that color. That’s certainly remarkable, as black was the only and only option for last year’s S Pen. The case also has some sort of line next to the S Pen, but it’s not immediately clear what purpose that serves.
Google’s Pixel phones, which deviate from the normal schedule, did not receive the August security patch last Monday. While a “Pixel Update Bulletin” describes the changes in that August patch, the only thing released so far is a minor fix for the July patch.
Google lists 40 CVEs on “Kernel Components” and “Pixel” addressed by the patch level 2022-08-05. Vulnerabilities range from moderate to critical and affect components such as the kernel, modem, and camera.
However, this update was clearly delayed as OTA images failed to arrive at 10 a.m. PT. Additional evidence of a slowdown comes from Verizon, which released details about an unexpected update for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
Our APK Insight team discovered this week that Google TV is preparing to launch a set of 50 free streaming channels. An in-app image revealed a list of more than half of those channels, with options available for news, sports, TV shows, and movies.
To be clear, these differ from other options available on Google TV these days in that those integrations require you to download an app, while the new text states that the channels are available “without the need to […] to download.” More explicitly, the launcher refers to these as “Google TV Channels.”
Elsewhere in Google TV news, a support page has revealed that the Chromecast with Google TV will be getting an update based on the August 2022 security patch soon. However, the bulletin link for that update leads to an error page, making it hard to be sure. are from Google’s intended timeline.
On the one hand, it would be a little surprising to see Google update the Chromecast again so quickly. That said, last month’s update only included the May 2022 security level, meaning the August patch would be next on the schedule as it drops exactly a quarter of a year later.
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