Leak Reveals Google’s Android TV Streaming Device

Posted on June 3, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Google, Android with 9 Comments

Google has been rumoured to be working on a new Android TV-powered streaming stick for a few months now. We first heard about the new device back in March, with a recent report from last month claiming the device will launch along with a new Android TV experience.

This week, the folks at XDA Developers are revealing some new imagery of Google’s new streaming stick, internally codenamed Sabrina. The report gives us our first look at the new streaming stick, as well as the new Android TV interface.

The pictures are apparently taken from a marketing video made by a Google designer back in October 2019. It is possible both the new Android TV interface and the streaming stick have gone through design changes since, but it seems kind of unlikely, given the sense of completeness in these leaked pictures.

The new streaming stick is expected to be the successor to Google’s Chromecast Ultra, so the design looks very much like a Chromecast device. It is, however, expected to have a Nest branding to be in line with the rest of Google’s smart home products.

From a design point of view, the device does not look like a traditional streaming stick, but it does have a very rounded and soft look. From the leaked pictures, it seems like the device will be available in black, white, and a light pink colour. The leak also gives us a look at the dedicated remote for the streaming stick, and it looks pretty bland, to be honest.

As for the Android TV interface, there are not a lot of major changes visually. However, the new interface focuses mainly on content instead of apps:

The pricing of the new streaming stick remains unknown. Google is expected to reveal new hardware sometime this summer, so it may not be long before we get to know the full details about the upcoming streaming stick.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Leak Reveals Google’s Android TV Streaming Device”

  1. harmjr

    Its sad that Google was the first out with Chromecast they could have owned the market. Now unless you reviewers really find something awesome I am moving on.

    • Vladimir Carli

      In reply to harmjr:

      I don't think it's sad at all that google doesn't own one more market. Do you really want 2-3 huge corporations to own everything and steer the world according to their corporate ethics?

  2. RonV42

    Does it have fan so it doesn't overheat when using Stadia?

  3. Tom Webb

    Did Google seriously decide to revive the Nexus Player remote? The Nexus player wasn't bad for the time, but the remote was lacking.

  4. PhilipVasta

    I thought the remote looks kinda cool actually. What do you not like about it?

  5. jimchamplin

    I hope it works a damn sight better than the Chromecast ever did. We tried to set up a living room setup with Chromecast and Google Home mini, but whenever we would try to give commands via the Home mini, it would never find the Chromecast. If we tried to cast from our phones, the Chromecast wouldn’t be listed. We’d have to unplug it and plug it back in.

    It now lives with the iPods in the kitchen junk drawer.

    • SAPaleAle

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      Never have add and issue with my chromecast and home mini. Works as expected and is always available to cast to.

      • IanYates82

        In reply to SAPaleAle:

        Yeah I must say the 2x Chromecast devices I have are working very well now. For a month or two I had some issues but better wifi fixed a lot of that. Yelling at the Google mini to "play xxx from Netflix" just works, although I'm still in the habit of saying "play xxx from Netflix on family room TV" anyway.

  6. m_p_w_84

    i'll have this. love my chromecast. hate the poor reliability of controlling it through my iphone. maybe android works better.

    but anyway... it has always needed a remote.