Originally going to be announced during Google I/O.
Details of what seems to be Google’s new Android TV dongle has started popping online yesterday courtesy of XDA Developers. The device, which bears the codename Sabrina, was said to be announced during the Google I/O conference which has been canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The introduction of this Android TV stick could mean that Google is moving away from the Chromecast branding and instead will focus on its Nest home automation product line that includes smart home appliances.
While the Chromecast only provided a way for you to ‘cast’ content from your device to your TV, an Android TV will be a full-fledged media center running on Android. This means that you’ll get access to the Google Play Store where you can download apps and games that you can access from your TV.
it was also noted that Google could be adding Stadia support to its Android TV stick, where it will let you stream games that are paid through a monthly subscription. Also expect Google Assitant to be built-in.
The user interface also points to a more TV-friendly interface and using the included remote, it will make navigation much easier compared to the Chromecast, where your smartphone is needed.
No word yet on a release date, but it is being reported that the dongle will cost around $80.