updated 08:30 am EDT, Thu August 14, 2008
Slacker G2 Leak at FCC
Slacker is developing a smaller, upgraded version of its unique Wi-Fi media player, according to an FCC filing. Dubbed the G2 Personal Portable Radio, the device is visibly smaller and more rounded than the original but also adds wireless links that aren't present in the original, including 802.11a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 for short-range peripherals, and an FM radio to complement Slacker's existing technique of automatically downloading songs from the Internet.
Little else is revealed about what Slacker will ultimately ship when the G2 is released, though the test unit comes with 4GB of flash storage. Past models have also given users the option of loading their own songs through USB in addition to either a free or paid subscription to Slacker's Internet radio stations. The timing of the revamped device's appearance at the FCC suggests a possible launch during the holidays, though the company itself hasn't hinted at any plans. [via Engadget]