[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Google Boreal is the code name of Google’s new streaming player for 2022 (possibly). The codename Boreal was found in the same family as Sabrina, which refers to the current Chromecast with Google TV. Little is known about the new Google streamer for the moment. However, it would solve the problem of storage size, AV1 video decoding, and perhaps it would be a competitor to Nvidia Shield TV’s devices.
The guys from 9to5google recently announced that Google company is preparing a new device in the same family as Chromecast from Google TV. According to documentation viewed by 9to5Google, Google has an Android-powered device in the works codenamed Boreal. However, there is no more detailed information and specification on this subject so far.
In addition to this revelation, it is puzzling whether one and a half years after the introduction of Google Chromecast with Google TV there is a need to introduce a new, different, or better device. Nevertheless, the new “Boreal streamer” could bring freshness to the streaming player market and to the Google portfolio.
What could possibly be introduced by the new “Google Boreal” streaming media player if it arrived in 2022
First of all, Google’s new streaming player would support 4K AV1 decoding, which is currently required for Android TV. Interestingly, Google requires that new streamers (after March 31, 2021) support the AV1 codec, and it doesn’t have one in its portfolio, yet.
About AV1 codec
AV1 is a high-performance, royalty-free video codec that provides 20% improved compression efficiency over HEVC/VP9 and manages to save up to 30% in bandwidth for the same image quality.
Without a doubt, the newest Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K MAX is the most popular streamer that supports AV1 video decoding. However, will its specification affect the new device from Google? maybe.
[UPDATE 01/24/22] The presence of Amlogic’s chipset cannot be ruled out. As you know, the current Chromecast from Google TV is powered by the Amlogic S905D3G SoC. In addition, the Amlogic S905Y4 SoC (supports HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision, DTS HD, and Dolby Atmos technologies) is also currently popular. Besides, this chipset also powers the new Xiaomi TV Stick 4K.
Perhaps “Google Boreal” will have a chipset from Mediatek just like the new Fire TV Stick, but that is of course assumption.
In addition, we can expect that it will solve the problem of small storage, at least up to 16GB eMMC. Besides, 2GB of RAM DDR4 would be welcome. You can also expect support for Wifi 6. Perhaps the device will run on Android TV 12 or even 13 with Google TV software.
Despite the fact that the code name of the device is from the Sabrina family, it is difficult to say whether it will be the new Chromecast with Google TV. Perhaps we should expect a high-end device that can compete with the Nvidia Shield TV series.
In conclusion, these are only our assumptions and expectations. However, as soon as the issue of the new Google streaming player is explained, we will let you know immediately.