Is Google Building A New 4K Android TV Dongle?
Stephan Jukic – April 12, 2018
It might be a fake leak or it might be the real deal, either way it’s definitely worth pausing to take a look at. Google might just be putting together what looks like a new edition of its popular Chromecast 4K streaming media dongle.
According to what we know so far, the site Ausdroid spotted this first in the form of an application filed with the U.S Federal Communications Commission. In the filings, we can clearly see a 4K dongle device much like the existing 4K Chromecast Ultra but with more of a teardrop shape. There’s even a big G stamped along its face, giving just a bit more credibility to the idea that this might be the real deal, a successor to the Chromecast Ultra.
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Other details revealed in the FCC finding include a remote control device and rather contradictorily, functionality for Google Assistant is also supported according to the documentary evidence. The presence of Google Assistant, a voice control feature, begs the question of why the dongle would also need a remote control but both are certainly possible as a new combination for broader usability.
Further specs detailed for the little dongle include the already-mentioned 4K functionality, HDMI connectivity (obviously) and more technical specs for an Amilogic S905X processor, a 2GB RAM, 8GB of internal eMMC storage and WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac functionality, though there is no mention of an Ethernet port or sign of it in the numerous included images. This is a bit odd since the current Chromecast Ultra does indeed come with an Ethernet port and you’d expect the same from any new dongle from Google.
What makes this FCC filing all the more interesting however is that it wasn’t even filed by Google’s parent company or any Google subsidiary. Instead, the documents show that the filing came from Shenzhen SEI Robotics, a manufacturer of what essentially amount to knock-off versions of major brand products like the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The company sells one of these latter streaming devices on its site already in fact.
In other words, this might not even be an official product, though it is strange that it comes with the official and obviously trademarked Google Chromecast logo right in a formal, legal FCC filing.
There’s also a manual included with the regulatory filing and it offers technical details that at least bear all the traces of a genuine Google device. Other aspects of the manual’s appearance look very similar to documents that Google has released for its devices too. On the other hand though, if a company can create a knock off of the Chromecast Ultra complete with Google’s logo and then file it right with the FCC, then what’s to stop them from also putting together a very official looking manual?
We do however think that Google being behind this is a real possibility and there are good reasons for why they could want to put out a new Chromecast-type device with dedicated Adnroid TV functionality. A full Android TV device hasn’t been released by Google in a while now, not since the Nexus Player and new levels of functionality have been developed since then that would be wonderful inside a streaming media dongle with 4K and HDR from Google. Today’s Chromecast Ultra is a fantastic little streamer but an Android TV version of it would be even better we think.
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