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Google’s FCC filings hint at an imminent launch of its first Android TV dongle

In transient: Google’s common lineup of Chromecast streaming units hasn’t seen a refresh for the reason that Third-gen mannequin launched in 2018. Now, it appears a successor is on the horizon, which as an alternative of being a easy streaming dongle, will run Android TV and include its personal distant to compete with the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV.

The Chromecast has arguably been Google’s most profitable {hardware} to this point, bringing the enjoyment and comfort of streaming to TVs from browsers/telephones at an reasonably priced value level. The streaming dongle slowly gained extra capabilities like 4K and HDR assist with the 2016 Chromecast Ultra, however these options have been absent on the later Third-gen mannequin in a bid to maintain costs down.

Rumors round a brand new mannequin codenamed ‘Sabrina‘ started surfacing earlier this yr, and Google’s current FCC filings counsel that an Android TV dongle may launch alongside the Pixel 5 on the firm’s annual {hardware} occasion in October.

9to5Google reports of two new Google units with mannequin numbers GZRNL and G9N9N in FCC’s itemizing. The former is described as an “Interactive Media Streaming Device” that helps Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, whereas the latter is just listed as a “Wireless Device” that may have the FCC label “under the power cover,” suggesting that it may very well be a distant management for navigating Android TV’s UI.

In addition to 4K 60fps and HDR assist, Google’s Android TV dongle is anticipated to characteristic a low-latency gaming mode for Stadia that may robotically toggle a TV’s built-in gaming mode to disable post-processing and cut back lag whereas streaming video games. The dongle is claimed to have twice the RAM of the Chromecast Ultra at 2GB, which, alongside its extra highly effective internals and the brand new devoted distant management, would probably make it a dearer choice to Google’s present choices.

To make it stand out from different streaming media gamers, the corporate may additionally supply free Stadia Pro subscriptions because it did for current Chromecast house owners a number of months in the past. We’ll discover out extra when Google is anticipated to announce the gadget formally at its annual fall {hardware} occasion.

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