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New FCC Filings Point to Google’s “Sabrina” Android TV Dongle Imminent Launch

By Novak Bozovic / August 24, 2020

Back in June, TechNadu's team reported about Google's plans to release an Android TV dongle. At that time, leaks pointed to a summer launch. And now, new FCC filings point to two devices made by Google, with a high chance that the company's Android TV dongle is nearing its much-anticipated launch.

The company submitted paperwork for two new devices, with model numbers GZRNL and G9N9N. The first one is described as an "interactive media streaming device," which is an obvious clue that we're talking about the rumored Android TV dongle. Not much detail is provided, except that the device will support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, which is something to expect from any media streaming device.

The other device (with the model number G9N9N) is listed as a "wireless device," and there are indications that it points to a remote. The device's FCC label is said to go "under the power cover," which we often see on remotes where power covers hold the batteries in their position. No other detail is provided, which means that we don't have any clues about the device's functionality or appearance.

Google Sabrina Design

Image Courtesy of XDA-Developers.com.

Based on leaks and rumors, Google's "Sabrina" Android TV dongle is poised to replace the Chromecast Ultra streamer. Instead of relying on Chromecast to play media content, this will be a standalone device with a dedicated remote. It's said that the streamer will be powered by an Amlogic SoC, which means that Dolby Vision support will most likely happen.

Other than those details, everything else is pure speculation. Still, considering that the device appears to be in the making for quite some time now, Google certainly won't disappoint. We might see a more polished Android TV interface, better integration with Google Assistant and smart home devices, and maybe some gaming-related features.

Google Sabrina Remote

Image Courtesy of XDA-Developers.com.

It's also worth noting that the current global market leaves plenty to be desired in terms of Android TV devices. Unless you buy a TV powered by this operating system, you don't have much choice when buying standalone Android TV streaming devices.

Nvidia has its Shield TV, which is the most successful device of its kind. And just recently, Xiaomi launched a TV stick in Europe and India, limited to 1080p, and priced at around $40. Called 'Mi TV Stick,' this is currently the only Android TV dongle that comes in that particular form factor.

Therefore, if you're interested in buying a media streaming device powered by Android TV, waiting for a couple more weeks looks like a good idea.



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