Google’s new 2nd gen Chromecast device has been leaked once again, but this time we've been gifted a detailed look at the TV dongle’s hardware, remote and user interface. The news is all thanks to Redditor u/fuzztub07, who was apparently able to buy the unannounced “Chromecast with Google TV” dongle early from a local Walmart (opens in new tab).
Big mistake on the retail giant's part? Maybe, maybe not; it happened before in 2018 when Best Buy 'accidentally' put the original Chromecast on shelves prematurely – and it certainly garnered a lot of free publicity for the new device.
The tipster has since published a series of photographs of the included hardware and its manual (opens in new tab), and even a video of its user interface (opens in new tab). In fact, u/fuzztub07 has been impeccably helpful following their purchase, actively responding to many questions (opens in new tab) about the Android TV streaming dongle and offering plenty of details about its functionality.
We already had a decent idea of what to expect from the device, which had been codenamed 'Sabrina', thanks to a series of leaks that have trickled out relatively steadily since March, culminating with a leaked image one week ago.
The streamer is a long-awaited update on the company's Google Chromecast Ultra and was slated to come with an all-new dedicated remote that'd look similar to the Apple TV 4K remote. If these photographs (opens in new tab) are genuine, this is indeed the case – and there are dedicated Google Assistant, Netflix and YouTube buttons too.
Essentially, it’s an Android TV streaming device (rebranded to 'Google TV') which you control with the all-new remote, but it also supports Chromecast streaming from compatible apps. The device itself is powered by USB-C, while its remote takes two AAA batteries.
Will the original Google Chromecast now receive a hefty discount, thus beating Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday to a deal on a five-star streamer? Quite possibly. How good will this new Chromecast TV dongle be? Watch this space...