Normally we're a bit wary of reporting on the certification filings that go through the Federal Communications Commission, because frankly, they don't often mean anything. But an entry spotted by the fine folks at TabletGuide.nl caught our attention purely on its geeky merit. There's very little information available about the "H840 DEVICE" - it's made (or at least submitted) by Google, it's listed as a Digital Transmission System and "functions as a media player," it has a WiFi connection, and it runs on AC power. Oh, and the model number is H2G2-42.

sample label

Douglass Adams fans will recall H2G2 as shorthand for The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series, a much-loved collection of five books and innumerable spin-offs that lampoons science fiction (and just about everything else). It's not hard to believe that Mountain View is crawling with Hitchhiker fans - indeed, I'd be surprised if there was a Googler who hadn't read or at least heard of the eponymous first book. And 42 is... well, just ask Google about the answer life, the universe, and everything.

All that being said, I wouldn't get my towel in a twist over this news. The test report and Class B status (intended for home or residential use) paints a picture of something similar to a Google TV unit or the Nexus Q, but Google has been strangely silent on that front. Google I/O brought news of a Jelly Bean upgrade for the platform, and that's about all we've heard from Google this year. The Nexus Q, so tragically abandoned after initial units were sent out, has even been dropped from the latest revision of Google Play Music.

test report

So, we've got a mysterious FCC filing, an interestingly geeky model number, and vague hints at media streaming. Google could be planning the biggest thing to hit the home video market since Betamax, or it could just be a bunch of engineers trolling the gadget bloggers of the world. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

FCC e-filing - A4RH2G2-42

Via Liliputing

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Jose Alberto Abreu

    It needs to read "Don't Panic" in friendly, yellow letters on the unlock screen.

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    Nerdgasm ^_^

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    It's probably nothing but I keep wishing for a real Nexus TV. Like the Nexus Q but done right.

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      A Nexus Q/GoogleTV hybrid is something I keep wishing for...

      • Sootie

        XBMC (on rasberry pi) ;-)

        • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

          With them updating GoogleTV to JB, we will most likely see XBMC on GoogleTV... I was hoping for Nexus GoogleTV, so that developers would have something to build for... But I guess that ain't happening...

      • Cody Curry

        It's incredible how, despite being such an important backbone of the internet and having very forward-thinking employees, Google at times seems completely blind to what their users are requesting. TV gets overlooked time and time again. The Nexus Q has very constructive criticism of it online at the time. People loved the advanced music management and sharing. They loved that it had audio hardware built in. The price wasn't great. But people were on board... until they learned that it wasn't really running Android.

        People want the Nexus Q, but with more power and an open source up-to-date version of Android. The Logitech Revue is GTV's Xoom. We want our Nexus 10. And honestly, I'd be happy buying a Nexus 10 repackaged into a small sphere with all the cool toys the Nexus Q had, plus AOSP support. That'd be incredible. They were so close with the Q. It shouldn't take this long for them to get that right. Which is what worries me. That they've gone in the totally different and less ambitious direction.

  • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

    H2G2-42 ... could it be Q2?

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Printed on underside of packaging: "Towel sold separately".

  • Yoda

    My guess is a something akin to apple's air port express that will allow streaming of music direct from Google Music to a pair of connected speakers or other audio receiver, all controlled from your android phone or tablet. Goog, say it aint so!

  • Jon

    Well it actually runs on dc power...but includes an ac adapter. Probably what everyone though they should have done in the ffirst place when the q came out. Nexus 7 hardware in a box with no screen. Optimized for remote control.

  • Mike Loomis

    I don't know, it sounds like this new device may be the Answer to life, the universe and everything. No big deal.

    • Michael Lee

      42 is, and always will be the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

      • enomele

        The question and answer are mutually exclusive. So perhaps Google is making the Ultimate question with intentions to bring about something even more complicated. You know... So they can generate more search result possibilities.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    There have been rumours of a Google STB for a few weeks, perhaps this is that?

  • bye bye

    The movie sucked.

  • Gav456

    Now there's one hoopy frood that really knows where his android telly stick is!

  • enomele

    I've always said that Wikipedia is pretty much The Guide. Many similarities. Especially the one where people wandering into the guide HQ while the editors are at lunch are really the ones who do the bulk of the writing.

    • ins0mn1a

      but what about the sirius cybernetics corporation? douglas adams basically described future microsoft way back in 1979. that's impressive.

  • Korbinian Kpunkt

    25th of May is Towel Day, how great would it be if they'd release it then?

  • Pramod Prabhakar

    Looks like a Touch Screen Music Player with Wi-fi and Bluetooth Connectivity inbuilt.

  • steve

    a phone. a internet device. a music player. A PHONE, A INTERNET DEVICE. A MUSIC PLAYER... ARE YOU GETTING IT?

  • Matt Doherty

    Compare the Nexus Q to Marvin from the Disney film (http://hdwallpaperpc.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/marvin-paranoid-android-hd-wallpapers.html) and I'd say they're not that dissimilar! Maybe the Nexus Q2 will look like Marvin's head (and play depressing music all day!).

  • Nathan Owens

    Maybe it will be for Google Fiber? Google has been using boxes made by Hitron/Technicolor or something. Maybe they will build their own when they expand the Fiber project?

  • Evan Jenkins

    Now we know that this is the new Chromecast dongle sweet