Google android TV is reportedly working on a new Android TV dongle that will provide users with a more streamlined experience. The new dongle is said to be the successor to Chromecast. A new report suggests that the Android TV dongle will be codenamed Sabrina 2GB RAM Pack and will be powered by the Armlogic S905X2 processor.
The latest report also has some other key features that can be integrated inside the Android TV dongle including HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. Details about the accompanying remote have also been leaked.
Google Android TV Dongle’s remote is accounted for to accompany devoted Nettflix and YouTube catches.
XDA Developers’ Deadman 96385 examined “device tree source” (DTS) files within the boot image of a pre-release firmware build that had previously leaked. They discovered the key features of Android TV dongle, including 2GB of RAM. The report states that the device is powered by a 12nm Amlogic S905X2 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, paired with the ARM Mali-G31 MP2 GPU.
The system-on-chip 4Kp75 supports video decoding for 10-bit H.265 content, video output up to 4Kp60 on HDR video playback with HDMI 2.1, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision.
The report also states that Google’s Android TV dongle comes with a pre-installed system application, called “SabrinaService”. The application has a feature called “Auto Low Latency Mode – HDMI 2.1 specification” – which allows the device to reduce lag when the video is displayed automatically.
The report states that many TVs will market this feature as ‘game mode’, and the feature is being introduced to support the Google Stadia Cloud Gaming service. Google hopes to bring Stadia support to Android TV this year, but there is no clarity on when this will happen.
The Sabrina service service is dedicated Netflix and YouTube buttons on the Android TV dongle remote, and also prompts a microphone support to enable voice commands. The remote that accompanies the Android TV dongle will support prolonged press action on one of the keys, and another class in SabrinaSeva suggests that the dedicated remote likely connects to the device via Bluetooth.
The DTS file further indicates that Google’s Android TV dongle will come with Broadcom’s BCM43569 combo chip for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support and Cadence’s Tensilica HiFi 4 DSP.
Previous leaks suggest that the Android TV dongle will have an oval shape and will likely be anchored to the HDMI port on the user’s television. The remote has a dedicated Google Assistant button, which suggests voice control. There is no word on when Google’s Android TV will officially launch, and the tech giant has not yet given any indication about it.