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Here’s a look at Google’s new Android TV dongle, new UI and new remote

New images now give us a better look at the next Chromecast, its remote and the new look the Google TV is going to get.

Photos acquired by XDA show a pebble-shaped Chromecast that’s slightly taller than the current version of the device.
Photos acquired by XDA show a pebble-shaped Chromecast that’s slightly taller than the current version of the device. (XDA Developers)

Reports of Google’s plans for a new Chromecast Ultra, that’s based on Android TV, were doing the rounds last month and these were followed up by more details on the operating system. New leaks spotted now give us a better look at the next Chromecast, its remote and the new look the Google TV is going to get.

Photos acquired by XDA Developers show a pebble-shaped Chromecast that’s slightly taller than the current version of the device. 

There is a ‘G’ embossed on the top and the device comes in three colours - black, white and pink (or sand?).
There is a ‘G’ embossed on the top and the device comes in three colours - black, white and pink (or sand?). (XDA Developers )

There is a ‘G’ embossed on the top and the device comes in three colours - black, white and pink (or sand?). You can also spot a flat HDMI cable and the connector that’s the same colour as the body.

Chromecast has been codenamed Sabrina, the retail name has not been announced yet.
Chromecast has been codenamed Sabrina, the retail name has not been announced yet. (XDA Developers )

The new remote has a circular D-pad on top with six circular buttons underneath it - there is the Assistant, Home, Favourite, Play/Pause and Volume buttons. 

A look at six buttons on the new remote
A look at six buttons on the new remote (XDA Developers)

The leaked renders also give you a look at back of the remote.

And a look at the back. 
And a look at the back.  (XDA Developers)

Render details of the content-focused Android TV, which might be the rebranded Google TV when the new Chromecast launches, has a homescreen that starts with a top bar with the search on the top left corner. This tab is followed by For You, Movies, TV, Live, Apps and My Library. This is pretty similar to the current Play Store layout on Android TV.

There is also a ‘Play Next’ carousel below that you can see here -

You going to watch Frozen after watching Game of Thrones? Really?
You going to watch Frozen after watching Game of Thrones? Really? (XDA Developers)

Other capabilities coming in include the ability to ‘Manage your home from your couch’ with a ‘Noise detected’ notification widget popping up on the bottom left of the screen.

The ‘control your home’ feature on the new Android TV. At least you get to decide whether to open the door or not. 
The ‘control your home’ feature on the new Android TV. At least you get to decide whether to open the door or not.  (XDA Developers)

These photos are all screengrabs from a video that plays during the setup process. The firmware XDA acquired suggests that the Chromecast will come with an Amlogic chip that supports Dolby Vision. 

Chromecast has been codenamed Sabrina, the retail name has not been announced yet.

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