Two new Google hardware devices have appeared in FCC filings, and as 9to5Google Note, it seems likely that they are related to the new Android TV product that has been in the works for some time. If so, the filings could suggest that Google is finally preparing to release it soon.
A XDA Developers According to a report released in June, Google was preparing a TV dongle named “Sabrina” that would use Android TV and a traditional remote UI, unlike smartphone-controlled Chromecast devices. One of the new FCC filings refers to an “interactive media streaming device” with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while the other relates to a “wireless device” with Bluetooth and a power cover, which 9to5Google speculate could be Sabrina and her remote respectively.
Unless you buy a TV with the software built in, there aren’t too many options for Android TV right now. There’s the high-end Nvidia Shield line, which starts at $ 149.99, or the $ 59.99 Xiaomi Mi Box S that Google itself promoted a few years ago, but that’s about all. Xiaomi also just released a $ 40 Mi TV Stick in India and Europe, which is currently the only way to get Android TV in this form factor.
We’ll have to see if Google has anything more convincing on the way. XDA Developers initially reported that the launch was scheduled for this summer, so there is still time for Google to hit that window.