Here is another look at Google Android TV dongle from Android 11 DP
Today, Google released an Android 11 developer preview for the ADT-3, a set-top box for developers who run Google’s Android TV operating system. The Developer Preview doesn’t contain any changes for users – after all, the ADT-3 is only for developers – but we still looked at the update to see if there are any specific features. to upcoming Android TV that Google doesn’t have. does not document. While we were digging into the firmware, we discovered another plus related to Google’s upcoming Android TV dongle.
Earlier this month, we received preliminary firmware for a Google device with the codename “sabrina”. In this firmware, we have discovered a video that reveals the design of Google’s Android TV dongle, the dedicated remote control for the device, and the new Android TV user interface that will presumably debut on the device. The video premiered on October 10, 2019, which is 5 days before the Pixel 4 launch date. Considering the lifecycle of product launches, it is unlikely that the final design and specifications of the dongle have changed much since. making this video. However, since we still don’t know when the dongle will actually launch, it’s still possible that Google may have been able to go back in the last few months to order a design or internal component adjustment.
However, in the Android 11 developer preview for Google’s ADT-3 dev box, we found a video named “reboot_sabrina” in SetupWraithPrebuiltGtvs, the system app that manages this setup wizard for Android TV. This video shows the user how to restart the “sabrina” Android TV dongle by unplugging it from its power connector (which appears to be a USB cord, although we are not sure if it is micro-USB or Type-C) for 3 seconds. The video shows a sketch of the device with its overall oblong shape and the “G” logo in the center, matching the dongle design we saw in the firmware preview.
This video alone doesn’t tell us much about Google’s dongle that we don’t already know, but it does corroborate the design of the renderings we released earlier this month. In addition, this is the first time that we see anything related to “sabrina” in a publicly available source, especially a source very recent. Hopefully this means it won’t be long before we see the release of “sabrina”. Some of us can’t wait to get our hands on it. One thing to note is that the appearance of this asset in Android 11 Developer Preview does not guarantee that “sabrina” will be launched with Android 11 out of the box – I’m assuming it will launch with Android 10- based on Android TV , but will be one of the first to experience Android 11 based Android TV once it is released (which usually happens a few months after the release of the new operating system for phones.)
Here’s a summary of what we know so far about the specs for Google’s Android TV dongle. We have compiled this list of specifications based on an analysis of the preview firmware, so these specifications are not guaranteed to be accurate.
|CPU + GPU||Amlogic S905X2
|Display||HLG, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM)|
|Connectivity||Broadcom BCM43569 (802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1)|
|audio||Cadence Tensilica HiFi 4 DSP|
|From a distance||Yes, microphone for Google Assistant|
Here is a video posted to our YouTube channel that showcases the design of the Google Android TV dongle alongside its remote control and the new Android TV UI.
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