10 May 2018
It was expected that Google could announce that Android TV stick at its I/O 2018 event. The device in question first appeared at FCC and its associated user manual also revealed some of the specifics.
It was also speculated that it could make its appearance at the Google I/O 2018. Well, it has now turned out that this Google-branded TV dongle ADT-2, intended to help the developers working on apps for Android TV.
This is the limited edition developer device that runs Android P developer preview and has Google Assistant enabled. This is an over-the-top (OTT) HDMI stick that is intended only for developers.
While announcing this device for the developers, Google also shared that its Android TV platform now supports over 100 partners, including TV manufacturers, home theater device, and pay-TV set-top-boxes. Also, over 3,600 apps and games are currently available for the platform. AI-powered assistant features are expanding here as well, with support for more languages and countries, as well as an improved flow.
Android TV also gets the essence of the Android P. The platform can now detect nearby Android phones, and also offers a better experience in the browser for anyone using iOS or another device like a laptop. Also, it will also prompt you to install any apps that have compatible versions for the TV, if you’re using Android already.
Also, it can automatically fill in passwords saved on other Android devices.
The developers who want to apply for the ADT-2 device must enroll with the Google Play account for verification. Google says it has a limited number of devices and the priority goes to developers with Google Play accounts. So, fill out the short survey about Android TV and apply for it.