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Google’s $35 Chromecast may have secret sibling: Report

The Google ChromeCast displayed in San Francisco, California, on July 24, 2013.
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The Google ChromeCast displayed in San Francisco, California, on July 24, 2013.

It appears Google has had more than one idea about Internet video streaming on TV.

On Wednesday it came out with Chromecast, a $35 thumbdrive-like HDMI stick, but in January it previewed a prototype of a set-top box device similar to Apple TV or Roku at the Consumer Electronics Show, The Wall Street Journal reports on its Digits blog.

(Read More: Why Google's $35 Chromecast isn't an Apple killer...yet)

The device was powered by Android and equipped for video conferencing, people briefed on it said.

It's unclear whether the device was scrapped in favor of the $35 Chromecast, or if it might eventually move forward in some form.

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal story.

—By CNBC.com.

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