The application comes from Shenzhen SEI Robotics, which already claims to offer an Android TV dongle on its site. The application shows a teardrop-shaped dongle with an HDMI cable, a microUSB charging port, and Google branding on the exterior. There’s also a remote with a built-in mic and a dedicated button for invoking Assistant so you can bark voice commands.
It’s worth noting that there aren’t any other mentions of Google’s involvement in this, and the company refused to comment on speculation about the device – so it’s entirely possible that this isn’t an official product.
However, bundling Android TV into a diminutive dongle seems like a logical next step for Google’s lineup of entertainment hardware. It currently offers three Chromecast devices that can stream Full HD video, 4K video, and audio to speakers from your mobile device.
Its more powerful Android TV platform, which supports a wider range of apps, as well as the ability to surface more content from Assistant, is only available on select smart TVs and set-top-box-style gadgets from Xiaomi, Nvidia, and Razer.
The Nexus Player, which is made by Asus and was launched back in 2014 as a reference device for Android TV, has received its last update as of March, so it seems like it’s time for a refresh. It’ll be interesting to see if this dongle makes it to Google’s roster. We’ll update this post when we learn more.
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Published April 11, 2018 — 06:37 UTC