All you need to know about Google’s answer to Amazon Fire TV stick
Google’s Chromecast stick will feature HDR, Dolby Vision, and 4K streaming. Here’s what else to expect from the new streaming device.
Google has long been rumoured to be working on an Amazon Fire TV stick-like dongle. Ahead of the official release, a lot of details have already been revealed. Now, a new report gives a good idea of what software and hardware to expect from the device.
Codenamed Sabrina, Google's Chromecast or Android TV stick will run on Amlogic S905X2 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The dongle will bring support for 4K streaming at 60fps. For better video experience, the stick will offer HDR and Dolby Vision. The streaming device could also have support for HDMI 2.1 with automatic low-latency optimisation.
The latest information comes via XDA Developers. The website reports the dongle could also have support for Stadia, Google's cloud-based streaming platform.
Earlier, Protocol reported that Google's new streaming device will launch within a few months.
The streaming dongle will have Chromecast-like look and feel but will function more like Amazon's Fire TV stick. The new dongle will also have remote control and a new interface. The remote control is expected to be similar to modern smart TV remotes with a dedicated button to launch Google Assistant and microphone.
The new dongle seems Google's new effort to tap the streaming hardware space. The Chromecast worked initially when most of the people didn't have a smart TV. In the last couple of years, smart TVs are more widely available and at a much lower price. Amazon's Fire TV stick has also become preferred streaming hardware for its support for all top OTT apps like YouTube and Netflix.