Android TV Update Will Highlight YouTube TV Channel Guide

Lawrence Kim
June 3, 2020

Reports began circulating earlier this year about a new Google Chromecast device with a remote and Android TV built-in, and now, new photos have emerged today that seem to corroborate those reports. This is a big change from Google's previous streaming video efforts, because devices like the Chromecast Ultra require users to pull up content on their phones before casting it to their TV.

Courtesy of XDA-Developers, we now know what Google's upcoming Android TV dongle and its remote will look like.

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.

We also managed to get a sneak peek into the new Android TV UI.

Google Android TV Sabrina Remote
Source XDA Developers

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. And for people looking for expanded support for Stadia, Google's new device could double as both a great video player and relay for their cloud gaming needs.

The images in question come from XDA and XDA Recognized Developer deadman96385 who found an "out-of-box experience" video for the device (codenamed Sabrina) in a pre-release Chromecast firmware build. 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. This Live tab will have a decked out YouTube TV channel guide with what's live now, plus there are also tabs for your apps, shows, movies, and more.

XDA's leak also revealed the Android TV UI that users will see when they turn on the device. In the center of the home screen is a massive carousel that recommends specific titles and the apps on which you can watch them. And as for the live tab, it looks like Google's YouTube TV over-the-top service will be integrated directly into the user interface.

It has been a long time since Google has launched a new Android TV device and reports have been circling for a while suggesting that another is on the way.

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