Two new Google hardware devices have revealed up in FCC filings, and as 9to5Google notes, it appears likely that they’re similar to the latest Android TV product that’s reportedly been in the works for a while.
If so, the filings could hint that Google is ultimately gearing up to release it soon.
An XDA Developers report in June stated that Google was making a TV dongle codenamed “Sabrina” that would use Android TV and a regular remote-driven UI, unlike smartphone-controlled Chromecast devices.
One of the new FCC filings points to an “Interactive Media Streaming Device” with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while the other is for a “Wireless Device” with Bluetooth and a power cover, which 9to5Google speculates could be Sabrina and its remote control severally.
Unless you purchase a TV with the software built-in, there aren’t too several options for Android TV right now.
There’s the high-end Nvidia Shield range, which begins at $149.99, or the $59.99 Xiaomi Mi Box S that Google itself raised a couple of years ago, but that’s about it.
Xiaomi also made release a $40-ish Mi TV Stick in India and Europe, which is currently the only method to get Android TV in that form portion.
We’ll have to inspect whether Google has something more compelling on the way. XDA Developers initially reported that the launch was planned for this summer, so there’s yet time for Google to hit that window.