If you are still on the lookout for that perfect streaming device, you may want to hold out a bit longer. For some time, Google has been rumored to be working on another device that is not a Chromecast or Stadia. This other device, code-named Sabrina, is expected to be Android TV-based. Anyone who has used Android TV solutions can tell you their biggest advantage is that the Google Play Store often has all the major streaming networks. This can be a huge advantage over other competitors who are locked up in negotiations preventing a particular network app from being offered. If you’ve powered up a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick, or even an LG webOS TV, then you’ve probably noticed how each can be missing something.
9to5Google has spotted two new FCC filings from Google. They are GZRNL and G9N9N. The GZRNL filing is described as an Interactive Media Streaming Device. This particular one is believed to be Sabrina. Its operating frequencies are in the 2.4 to 5 GHz ranges. This would mean the device would support both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The G9N9N is listed as a wireless device operating at 2.4 GHz and is more than likely a Bluetooth-based remote control. Label templates for each are also on the FCC site, which would go on them at release.
Images are not available for them yet but are expected in late January. This is assuming, of course, that Google doesn’t formally reveal them beforehand. A device such as Sabrina could provide an affordable mainstream alternative to NVIDIA’s SHIELD device. It, too, is Android TV-based. One thing to note, though, is that the SHIELD is essentially an all-in-one gaming/media/streaming device, while Google is seemingly splitting its services among various devices. Prices and other hardware specifications for Sabrina have not yet been released, either.