Amazon is widely expected to launch a media streaming device next Wednesday, and if the FCC filings are what I think it is then it's not going to be a dongle.
A trio of FCC filings showed up earlier this month from the usual anonymous LLCs, and all the signs point to Amazon's media device being a box of some kind and not the dongle that TechCrunch claimed. Amazon has taken the usual steps of hiding virtually everything, but what little they did not hide speaks volumes.
For example, two of the FCC filings come from a company called Ailen LLC. Assuming that isn't a typo, then the name Ailen could be a reference to a word in a language native to Chile. It means Little Coal, and it could be an indication that someone at Amazon has a sense of humor.
Ailen LLC has 2 FCC filings to their credit, is described as a remote control while looks to be the media streaming device. Based on the FCC label, the streamer is going to be a small box with a 4" by 4" footprint (I measured based on the pixels). It has a model number of CL1130, and it was tested for Wifi and Bluetooth.
Assuming I have the dimensions correct, we're looking at a device that will be more than just a media streamer. It might have card slots or additional ports (USB, network, sound, etc). At the very least I expect this to be a much more interesting device than the dongle I had been expecting.
And as for the other filing, I don't know what to expect. It's described as a remote control, and it was tested for Bluetooth. We know that the label is going to go in the battery compartment, so I am guessing that the remote control really will be a remote control - unless it is actually a gaming controller along the lines of the Wiimote, which is not out of the question.
One thing I can say for sure is that it's not going to be the going to be the gaming controller we saw a couple weeks back, because that went through the FCC .
I don't think anyone, not even my source for the other 2 filings, has noticed that the wireless gaming controller which showed up in Brazil has also shown up on the FCC website (or at least the 5 digit model numbers matched, which is so improbable as to not be a coincidence). According to the FCC filing, this device was tested for Bluetooth and has a battery compartment.
In short, folks, we're looking at Amazon launching as many as 3 devices next Wednesday, One could be a set top box slash gaming console, while the other two could be gaming controllers.