Google offers developers a free 4K HDR Android TV streaming dongle

It turns out that the Android TV dongle of the Google brand that appeared a while ago in the FCC is not a consumer product. Instead, Google is offering it to developers as a reference product to test their TV applications. You can request to receive directly one of the Google ADT-2 units. The dongle supports 4K resolution at 60 fps and is also capable of playing HDR. The specifications are quite in the middle of the road; an Nvidia shield this is not.

Android Police notes that it uses the same chipset as Amazon's Fire TV 4K and has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It seems that the Android TV team built this gadget expressly for development purposes since the failed Nexus Player is no longer compatible. But they did enough to give away the dongle as a free I / O gift and mail it to the developers. A voice remote control is included, so using the Google Assistant to extract the content is as simple as possible.

Consumers can now get both 4K and HDR from Google's $ 69 Chromecast Ultra device. But that depends on the content sent from your smartphone or other device, while Android TV has a traditional streaming interface, applications and the built-in Google Play store.

Google could launch a compact Android TV broadcast device in its Pixel Hardware Event this fall, but I would not like to read about the existence of this as a guarantee. If not, there is a JBL sound bar that comes with integrated Android TV.