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Ruben Fields
June 3, 2020

As for the dedicated remote control that arrives with the Android TV device there are no dedicated images of it although there is a promotional image showing the top half of the remote showing the navigation circle at the top and a back button underneath that, next to a highlighted Google Assistant button.

Up till now, Google's TV device has been the Google Chromecast, which is basically a streaming dongle that you plug into your TV, and operate from your smartphone. The remote also has a Google Assistant button which implies that it will have a microphone built-in as well. Unfortunately, because the renders don't show the entire remote, it's unclear if the remote will also feature dedicated buttons for third-party streaming services like Netflix or Hulu (though that's unlikely).

Like a lot of other recent Google products, its TV hardware will be available in flat black and white, along with a pastel pink colour reminiscent of the "Not Pink" hue Google introduced with the Pixel 3.

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Google is planning to branch from its Chromecast dongles with an Android TV stick codenamed Sabrina that was just spotted passing through the FCC on its way to a probable Google I/O announcement, whenever that will be held (the virtual event was supposed to be today, but got postponed). According to the image posted by XDA, the remote control is White in color, but it's not clear whether Google will make it available in more color options.

Other images show off a user interface (UI) that is fairly familiar to those of you who have used the Android TV OS in the past. The menu at the top of the screen allows you to search for content, see what content is suggesting for you, and browse through movies, TV, live content, apps, and your library. Another screenshot shows that the streamer will be able to provide alerts for smart home devices such as Google Nest cameras.

Sadly, while previous reports claimed that this new Android TV dongle could cost as little as $US80 ($116), there hasn't been any additional details about when Sabrina will officially get announced or go on sale (though I'd bet sometime in the early fall). His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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