This morning, Google surprised us all by launching an Android 11 Developer Preview for Android TV. Examining the preview files, we found a video showing the upcoming Made by Google Android TV dongle.
In March, our Stephen Hall exclusively reported that Google plans to launch a successor to the Chromecast Ultra based on Android TV, which marks the first Android TV device made by Google since the Nexus Player. Since then, the specifications and early marketing materials for this device, codenamed “Sabrina,” have been leaked, revealing the dongle, its remote control, and an apparent redesign of Android TV.
Fast forward to today, Google has just released an Android 11 developer preview, exclusive to the ADT-3 Android TV dongle. While our team is actively working to find and demonstrate visible changes found in the preview, we have also reviewed the files for any signs of “Sabrina”.
Among the most innocuous references to Sabrina, we have discovered a video that shows the device restart process. Unsurprisingly, like previous Chromecast devices, the recommended way to reset the Made by Google Android TV dongle is to simply unplug it, wait three seconds, and plug it back in.
What’s more exciting is that the video verifies that the previously leaked marketing materials are real as the dongle in the video is the same shape and has the same Google “G” logo.
So what else can we deduce from this? It is possible, though far from confirmed, that Google’s Android TV dongle “Sabrina” may be planned to launch with Android 11. This could make sense to the Made by Google team, as their Pixel phones generally launch on the latest possible version of Android.
Conversely, however, Android 10 for Android TV has just arrived via Google’s ADT-3 developer dongle starting in December, so the newer Android 11 is unlikely to be ready for when this dongle is made. by Google arrives later this year.
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