Citingmedia 9to5 Google, sources familiar with the matter learned that Google plans to launch a second-generation Chromecast Ultra this year based on Android TV. The second-generation device, codenamed “Sabrina”, doesn’t change much in the appearance of the hardware, but adds a remote control.
The device supports 4K HDR content and has regular Chromecast Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the report said. The device can be controlled by an external remote control, which will look between the Daydream View remote control and the Apple TV remote control. The natural remote control has a microphone and a dedicated Google Assistant button that controls content through voice, and the remote control is programmable and can be connected to a TV.
Sources say the second-generation Chromecast Ultra will fill the gap in the market: a mass-consumer TV stick running a mature Android TV. The device will give users access to youTube TV, Netflix, Disney plus Hulu and other apps.
Given Google’s recent lying developer kit, the upcoming second-generation Android TV-based Chromecast Ultra isn’t entirely surprising. The new device was supposed to be released alongside Google I/O 2020 and Pixel 4a, but the release date will be delayed with the cancellation of Google I/O 2020.