Google’s New Android TV Dongle Reveals Low-Latency Gaming Mode

Early into June, the guys at XDA-Developers posted renders of Google’s soon to come Android TV streaming device, creatively named as “Sabrina.” Upon close inspection of the firmware files from where the renders were taken, it’s in the latest that new hardware attributes are on their way as well.

The man behind the origin of this story is an XDA Recognized Developer with the username “deadman96385”. Apparently, the reveal came in focus when assessing the Device Tree Source (DTS) files embedded in the pre-released firmware build.

The files include two significant components reveal about the Android TV streaming device “Sabrina” that have proved to be reasonably interesting for many. One of the components is that it will have a RAM of 2GB, while the other is the chip that powers it, which is the Amlogic S905X2.

  • “sml_sabrina_2g”
  • “amlogic, g12a”

Nevertheless, another finding of XDA’s deadman96385 is “SabrinaService”- an application that will come pre-installed in Google’s Android TV. In this application, there is an available Auto Low-Latency Mode, referenced as “allm.”

This all-new feature actually hails from HDMI 2.1 that allows any device such as a gaming console or a desktop computer to optimize itself for a decreased latency setting. This amounts to an uninterrupted and lag-less prospect of gaming, a video call setup, or other possibilities.

Also, SabrinaService is going to be a much more enjoyable experience with Android TV, with an indication of having Netflix and Youtube accessibility along with a microphone. The code “GlobalKeyReceiver” has hinted at this strong likelihood.

All said and done, from such an onset of events, has birthed an entirely new concept- compatibility for Google Stadia, which is a cloud gaming service developed wholly by Google.

Google Stadia

The low-latency mode could work wonders with Stadia, the happening of which has excellent chances. It won’t be such a surprise since Chromecast Ultra already supports stadia.

XDA-Developers have also reported that Google had preliminary plans to get Stadia on Android TV. Introducing it now to Google’s own Android TV streaming device would only be for the best, and somewhat understandable.

More about the steaming device itself, Sabrina is set to arrive in a variety of colors such as black, white, and light pink. Also compatible with Dolby Vision, Sabrina can be priced from anywhere around $69.

If things go as planned, Sabrina would be the first dongle in history to arrive with Google Stadia compatibility.

SOURCE: XDA Developers

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