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Yesterday our friends from XDA Developers picked out some renderings and marketing images from a leaked video from Google’s long awaited Android TV dongle, which may be given the hardware code name “Sabrina”
Although it contains many additional comments, the video clearly shows how some different aspects of Android TV redesign could behave. However, these videos are from last year and may only be models based on designs that Google has changed since then. So take everything here with a pinch of salt – these details are legitimate, but they may be a little out of date if Google has changed anything since then.
“Sabrina” will be available in three colors: black, white and a flesh-colored pink.
The overall design of the new dongle will be slightly more oval than the current Chromecast hardware. XDA speculates that it may be a sandstone-like matte texture. The pictures showed it in three colors: black, white and a flesh-like pink. The remote was only shown in white, but other colors may also be available.
Remote images from an FCC list (left) and the leaked firmware (right).
The remote control itself is pretty good, with a simplified hardware interface and just two rows of buttons outside the directional pad. One of these buttons is for the wizard, and the usual back and home buttons from Android TV and a new “Favorites” button are there – who knows what that does. A microphone is probably also integrated into the remote control.
It is not yet clear whether dedicated buttons for partner streaming services will be included, but speculation is likely that a programmable IR blaster may also be integrated.
These pictures don’t tell the whole story. Watch the video above to see these changes in action.
These still images from the video contained in the firmware show the new “content-oriented” surface that the previously rumored Android TV redesign in Google’s dongle will have. In the middle is an automatically scrolling carousel with advertised content, which also lists the provider you need to view. Below is a list of TV shows and films. As you can see above, Nest Alarm overlays are also planned (which can be expanded to fill the screen).
According to the video, a native live integration of YouTube TV is also planned, which does not seem to be integrated via a separate app, but in the launcher itself. A better integration of the wizard also seems to be planned, with a more intuitive user interface for the general search in the wizard. .
XDA was also able to determine from a firmware shutdown that the device supports Dolby Vision and is based on an AMlogic SoC. Branding and availability are not yet known. XDA was also unable to confirm the previously leaked price, which was set at around $ 80.
Some of these details raise more questions than they answer when it comes to redesigning Android TV, and it’s probably difficult to judge them in isolation without trying everything yourself. But now we have a look at what to expect. However, since the beta launch of Pixel 4a and Android 11 has been delayed, we may have to wait a little until we hear more from Google about “Sabrina”.