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Google to launch new Chromecast Ultra codenamed Sabrina, may come with remote

Google may launch a new Chromecast Ultra that is currently in development with codename Sabrina. The new Chromecast is also likely to come with a remote.

twitter-logo Yasmin Ahmed   New Delhi     Last Updated: March 11, 2020  | 15:22 IST
(Source: Reuters)

Highlights

  • New rumours suggest that Google is working on a new Chromecast Ultra streaming device.
  • The new Ultra is currently codenamed Sabrina, suggest rumours.
  • For now, nothing is official about it, but rumours suggest that Sabrina Chromecast Ultra may come with a remote.

Google is working on a new Chromecast device, and currently it is not clear if it is going to be a dongle or a full-fledged smart TV, but rumours suggest that the new Chromecast will be part of the company's Ultra range and that it is codenamed Sabrina.

A report from 9to5 Google, which covers news related to Google products and services, suggests that Google is working to launch a Chromecast Ultra that will be based on Android TV. The blog also suggests that the device will be accompanied by a remote similar to the streaming devices from other companies. For example, Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku all come with a remote.

Reports suggest that unlike the earlier Chromecast devices, the new Sabrina Ultra will come with built-in streaming apps. Previously, the Chromecast left it to the discretion of the customers to bring in things they wanted to watch from their phones or computers. The device will fill a long-awaited gap in the market: a mass-consumer dongle that runs full-fledged Android TV. The device will give users access to apps such as YouTube TV, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and more, the blog read.

By bringing in Android TV interface, Google may hit the right spot as it is headed in the direction of traditional TV viewing. Moreover, the new Chromecast is bound to integrate with other Google services, like Google Assistant. Other than the TV viewing experience, Google aims at making it convenient for the users to view anything they can on the phone screens on a TV by using the Chromecast.

The remote will help users get more control on the audio and video settings while they are streaming content through the Chromecast Ultra. According to the report, a Google-made remote has already made it through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approvals needed ahead of the launch.

Other than this, there will also be a change in Sabrina's design. Google 9to5 notes that Sabrina will have a softer, rounder design more in line with Google's current hardware.

Currently it is not clear when the new Chromecast Ultra will launch and whether it will come to India or not. While Google brings most of its products to the Indian market, on some occasions -- the Pixel 4 for example -- they don't come here or launch here with some delay.

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