Post updated October 1st, 2018 at 02:43 pm
Someone in the US accidentally got sold Google’s third generation Chromecast, well before the search engine’s major event that’s taking place this 9 October. The “snafu” took place at a Best Buy in the US, where the customer who goes by the name GroveStreetHomie on Reddit simply wanted to buy a second generation Chromecast.
The mistake seemed honest enough as well: GrooveStreetHomie had picked up the Chromecast at the US outlet, when he noticed that the packaging was slightly different. The Redditor simply assumed it was a simple package update, but that wasn’t the case when he tried to pay for it.
The Best Buy employee serving him at the time tried to ring up his order, only to find out that the device wasn’t found in the outlet’s outgoing sales list. As though that wasn’t enough of a red line, the item’s official sale date of 9 October was also listed. Lucky for GroveStreetHomie, the cashier still proceeded to sell him the device, and under the pricetag of a second generation Chromecast.
When he got home to unbox his purchase, GrooveStreetHomie realised what he was holding in his hands. By comparison, Google’s third generation Chromecast dongle features a matte black finish instead of the glossy material used by the previous generations. On top of that, the new Chromecast features a simply and subtle “G” as its logo, instead of the Chrome logo.
Of course, the Redditor reported that he was unable to set up the Chromecast for obvious reasons. However, the user did note that he was prompted to update the dongle’s app to the latest version, but couldn’t. This could mean that Google will allow the device to update itself after its official launch. When the update could provide more support for additional features.