"They couldn't scan the item because it wasn't in the system yet because the release date is on the 9th of October (Same day as the 2018 Google event) but I guess they put it out too early".
The new Chromecast (left) compared to the old Chromecast.
"I went to Best Buy earlier to pick up a Chromecast for my new TV, then I noticed the packaging and design was different from my first one", Reddit user GroveStreetHomie wrote.
Even though we won't be over in NY for the Made By Google event, we understand we'll be able to see these new products on Australian shores pretty quickly, so if your local JB HiFi isn't selling New Chromecasts just yet, it won't be long before they are.
The mistake seemed honest enough as well: GrooveStreetHomie had picked up the Chromecast at the U.S. outlet, when he noticed that the packaging was slightly different. The Chrome logo on the top has been replaced with a subtle G icon, matching the Pixel lineup. Well, something similar happened to a customer who walked into Best Buy to buy a 2nd-gen Chromecast but walked out with a 3rd-gen Chromecast which has not been released yet. They did remove the magnetic HDMI connector on the tip and base of the Chromecast which is a bummer.
There is now no information available regarding the specifications of the third-generation Chromecast, but Google is set to reveal more information next week. Apparently the new Chromecast can't even be activated yet since it depends on a newer version of the Google Home app, which isn't out yet.
The big-box retailer recently sold a customer a Chromecast 3, despite the product not yet being announced by Google. All other details such as pricing and availability will be clearer at the October 9 event.