Again in March, 9to5Google reported that Google’s subsequent streaming gadget will run Android TV and thus provide a extra conventional person expertise that’s nearer in step with Roku and Amazon Fireplace TV than the corporate’s earlier Chromecast efforts. Now, Protocol is corroborating that information and saying that the brand new gadget will “doubtless” be branded as a Google Nest product to assist differentiate it from what got here earlier than. It’ll additionally function a “new person interface” that focuses on particular person reveals and content material as an alternative of the apps that supply them. In some sense, Android TV already does this.
Protocol’s report reiterates that the streaming dongle will run Android TV and include a bundled distant management. It’s not but identified when Google plans to launch the gadget, although one supply indicated that the corporate had, in some unspecified time in the future, been hoping to get it out the door this summer season. COVID-19 and provide chain points may’ve delayed that timeframe, nonetheless.
Simply yesterday, 9to5Google stated that Google is planning to rebrand Android TV as Google TV. The software program powers a variety of streaming devices just like the Nvidia Protect and can also be the spine for TVs from Sony and different producers.
It was a few years in the past at this level, however there was already a Google TV platform that preceded Android TV and gave us splendidly convoluted distant controls just like the under one from Sony. It wasn’t profitable, and Google may suppose that is far again sufficient within the rearview mirror to simply reuse the branding.
Android TV options built-in Google Solid capabilities, so that you gained’t lose out on any Chromecast performance. However returning to an easy menu system may assist Google because it seeks to realize floor on Amazon and Roku. The Chromecast was a shock hit for Google — totally on account of its bottom-dollar worth — but it surely has misplaced a whole lot of that momentum over the previous few years, as Protocol notes.