Google TV is set to see a huge expansion next year, with massive partners such as TCL and Sony already on board. With this extension, we’ve already seen that Google has a new reference design for the remote control used with Google TVs, and apparently retail remote control will be needed.
@AndroidTV_Rumor posted a gallery of photos on Twitter today, showcasing these reference designs in the flesh. These remotes are specifically the G10 and G20, both manufactured by Ohsung based on Google’s designs. The layout is familiar, thanks to previous photos, but seeing these “in person”
In a talk about these remote controls, @AndroidTV_Rumor please share some more details with us about these remotes as well. Apparently it fits in perfectly with the current Chromecast, with some core features that work. However, to get the full functionality of the remote unlocked, a firmware update on Chromecast will be required, and it is unclear if this is actually planned. However, it does not matter, because it looks like these remote controls will not be sold to the public, but rather for new Android / Google TV boxes that will go on sale throughout 2021.
We are also told that these designs will be a requirement for manufacturers launching Google TV products in 2021. This includes set-top box devices with Askey, SEI Robotics, Skyworth and SDMC mentioned. DishTV (not the one you’re thinking of) already uses the smaller external design of the SV11 dongle, which actually uses the Android TV UI, not Google TV.
We would speculate that there may be exceptions to this rule. Sony, for example, is unlikely to change the external layout to match this reference design since they have an established design that has been in use for years, but others like TCL may be willing to do so.
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