Android TV: You’ll soon be able to use your box or television as a connected speaker

Playing your favorite song on your TV like a Google Home speaker will soon become a reality. Android TV will soon join the Chromecast ecosystem with an update. In fact, this means that boxes like the Shield TV, Freebox Mini 4K or Xiaomi Mi Box S can be used as connected speakers (via the displays they are connected to). TVs running Android TV are also affected.

In terms of usage, this means that it will be possible to start music or podcasts on your television via the Google Home app, just as with compatible connected speakers (like Google Home). It will take a few weeks for the feature to reach all devices, it’s currently in beta (during registration).

Towards a larger ecosystem

Also, Google should launch the new Chromecast Ultra this year, as noted by 9to5Google. Codenamed “Sabrina”, this device can support 4K HDR content and will be based on Android TV. What’s more, it would have a microphone for using Google Assistant. So adding upstream Android TV to the Chromecast ecosystem seems logical to lay the groundwork. The new Chromecast will have the rounded design of the previous model, but this time it will be accompanied by a remote control. A long standing request from users.

Google has obviously not backed down from these rumors, but if there’s a new Chromecast it should be available shortly. We would like to remind you that Google is used to presenting such news at the I/O conference, but the 2020 edition, which will be held in May, has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

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