Report: Google is planning to launch a new Chromecast Ultra

Mike Wheatley

Google is reportedly going to launch a second-generation Chromecast Ultra device later this year that will basically deliver a full-fledged version of the Android TV operating system to any television.


9to5Google cited sources that claim to be familiar with the product as saying it will be a dongle that looks similar to the current Chromecast Ultra device, albeit with one major change – it will also come with a dedicated remote control.

The device is reportedly codename “Sabrina”, and will also support 4K High Dynamic Range content. It will also offer Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options, the source said.

The remote will be a welcome addition. It will look like a kind of cross between the Daydream View TV remote and the Apple TV remote and will be used to control the device. It will come with a dedicated Google Assistant button so all users will need to do is tap that to use their voice to control the TV. In addition, the remote will also be universal, which means users can program it to work with their actual TV as well.

As for the device, it’s said to resemble the 3rd generation Chromecast that was launched in 2018. However, the design is said to incorporate a rounder and softer finish, with the standard “G” logo and an HDMI connector similar to the current Chromecast Ultra.

Perhaps the most exciting thing is that the device will power the full version of Android TV, which means access to apps such as YouTube TV, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and other services.

The report adds that the device was due to be unveiled at the Google I/O 2020 developer conference last month along with its new Pixel 4a smartphone. However, that event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet, with refusing to acknowledge or deny the report at this stage.