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