Leak reveals Google’s Android TV streaming device and its remote

Yolanda Curtis
June 3, 2020

Google has been rumored to be working on a Chromecast Ultra successor for months.

Courtesy of XDA-Developers, we now know what Google's upcoming Android TV dongle and its remote will look like. This new home screen UI shows far less at a time, focusing on a carousel of popular content with your apps in a dock underneath.

Remote and interface for Google's upcoming Android TV dongle leaked

Many remotes for devices like these also have dedicated buttons for Netflix, Hulu, or other streaming services, but the bottom of the remote isn't visible, so we have no idea if Google included them here. Chromecast devices to date have just allowed users to stream content from their phones to their TVs. The UI is apparently more "content-focused" and reminds me a lot of the Samsung UI on their TVs.

The biggest highlight will, however, have to be the dedicated remote. This will change with Sabrina's remote control, pictured below. As you can see in the screenshot below, the remote appears to feature a circular pad at the top that will likely be used for navigation, a back button, a home button, a play/pause button, a mute button, a favorite button, and a Google Assistant button.

The images in question come from XDA and XDA Recognized Developer deadman96385 who found an "out-of-box experience" video for the device (codenamed Sabrina) in a pre-release Chromecast firmware build. The same is from October past year, around the same time as the Pixel 4 series launch.

It's nearly too early to speculate but thankfully Google has been pretty consistent with its release dates and pricing for its Chromecast products: nearly all of them release in the fall months for the northern hemisphere (September through November) and cost well under $100 (£80, AU$150).

Furthermore, it seems Sabrina will also run full Android TV, instead of being limited strictly to casting duties, with the screenshots in the renders suggesting that Google has some relatively major UI overhauls planned for its TV platform sometime in the future. You'll also be able to manage your smart home devices from your Android TV. There's now no concrete word on when the company intends to make it official. We were hoping - at least, I was hoping - to see this finally break cover at Google I/O alongside the Pixel 4a, but Google I/O was canceled and tomorrow's Android 11 has been postponed as well. So, we expect it to arrive later this month or early-July for around $80, sitting above existing Chromecast devices.

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