At the beginning of last month, we exclusively reported on Google ‘s plans for a new Chromecast Ultra based on Android TV. Subsequent reports explained a content-focused re-engineering of the operating system, with new leaks today showing off the next Chromecast, its remote, and “Google TV” new look.
Marketing materials acquired by XDA today show a pebble-shaped puck that is slightly taller than the current Chromecast. The ‘G’ logo is embodied in three colors (black, white, and pink / sand). The flat HDMI cable is also visible — though the connector is not — and similarly shaded.
As we have already described, we see a “Remote Control” that is very similar to the Daydream View. The top is a circular D-pad, while the bottom is six circular buttons. From today’s leak, we ‘re seeing the back, Assistant, home, star / favorite, play / pause, and volume mute.
Next up is a leak of content-focused Android TV revamp that we hear might be rebranded to Google TV when the Chromecast launches. The home screen starts with the top bar where the search is in the top left corner. It’s followed by For You, Movies, TV, Live — more about what’s new here, Apps, and My Library. It’s quite similar to the current Android TV Play Store layout.
Front and center is a cover image advertising Game of Thrones from HBO Now and other shows, while there is a “Play Next” carousel below. Another feature is the ability to “manage your home from your couch” with a “Noise detected” notification in the bottom left corner.
These graphics originate from a video that will be played during the setup process, while the firmware that XDA also acquired suggests an Amlogic chip that supports Dolby Vision. Codenamed “sabrina,” the retail name for this device has yet to be leaked, thought Nest branding was suggested by Protocol last month.