Again in March, 9to5Google reported that Google’s subsequent streaming gadget will run Android TV and thus supply a extra conventional person expertise that’s nearer consistent 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 characteristic a “new person interface” that focuses on particular person reveals and content material as an alternative of the apps that provide 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, sooner or later, been hoping to get it out the door this summer season. COVID-19 and provide chain points would possibly’ve delayed that timeframe, nevertheless.
Simply yesterday, 9to5Google stated that Google is planning to rebrand Android TV as Google TV. The software program powers quite a few 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 would possibly assume 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 received’t lose out on any Chromecast performance. However returning to an easy menu system would possibly assist Google because it seeks to achieve floor on Amazon and Roku. The Chromecast was a shock hit for Google — totally on account of its bottom-dollar worth — however it has misplaced plenty of that momentum over the previous couple of years, as Protocol notes.