Google’s Android TV-powered streaming dongle has been rumored for some time, but a new report has finally revealed details about the upcoming device. Codenamed ina Sabrina ‘, the new dongle is the much-awaited successor to the Google Chromecast series, and will be a standalone streaming device with greater capacity than the devices in the Chromecast series. Reportedly the device may also come with the latest version of Android TV, and will have its own remote and a refreshed user interface.
The new Google Android TV dongle has been discovered in the XDA Developers report – codenamed Sabrina – in detail, showing images of the device, as well as remote and user interfaces. The images show an oval dongle that will likely anchor to the HDMI port on the user’s television, and appears to be slightly larger than current Chromecast devices. Since the device will reportedly run Android TV, it will be a standalone device with no continuous dependency on your smartphone, as with Chromecast. This will bring it in line with competitors such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick device.
Images of the remote in the report show a compact unit, with direction pads and some buttons visible. As expected, the Google Assistant button is highlighted on the remote, suggesting that the new device will have a larger share of the voice control feature. There is also no word on the official branding of the device. Although the codename is known for now, it is possible that Google will go with its ‘Nest’ branding to tie the device with its existing smart range and display. It is also likely that it will come with support for 4K streaming with HDR for the Dolby Vision format, in our opinion.