Details about Google’s new Android TV set-top box to replace Chromecast

Details about Google’s new Android TV set-top box to replace Chromecast


We have already heard the news that Google is going to release a new multimedia gadget, which will come to replace the Chromecast TV set-top box. At the disposal of the resource XDA Developers were renders of the new Android TV device, codenamed Sabrina. It is also reported that the novelty will receive a separate control panel.

Information about the device was obtained from the pre-release version of its firmware. As it turned out, the metadata of the content it contains indicates October 2019. From this, we can conclude that Google has probably been working on a new set-top box for a long time. At the same time, it should be noted that some published information about it, taking into account the limitation, may already be irrelevant at the moment.

The appearance of the set-top box, according to the leak, will be more oval compared to Chromecast. Available images also demonstrate that it will be offered in three colors of the case: black, white and pink.

One of the images shows a white console control unit. It is possible that other coloring options will also be available for him to fit the overall style.

The control panel itself is an ode to minimalism, which is consistent with the style of Google. There are two rows of buttons on it, as well as a joystick wheel. One of the buttons is responsible for calling Google voice assistant. Thus, most likely, a microphone will also be built into the control panel.

Other buttons, apparently, are responsible for returning to the previous / main screen, playback and pause, as well as mute. It is not clear yet whether it will be possible to program buttons for calling content specific provider.

The leak also reports on a new “content-oriented” user interface. At the bottom of the screen, as you can see in the images, a horizontal “carousel” is used with a list of content from various providers.

The new set-top box will also receive system integration with YouTube TV Live.

In addition, it talks about integration with smart doorbells and Nest video cameras – the console will be able to notify visitors who have arrived.

According to XDA Developers, The device is based on the mobile SoC Amlogic. The gadget will be able to offer support for Dolby Vision technology. Information about the estimated cost of the new Android TV-device, the source does not report. According to earlier rumors, it will be about $ 80.

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