Google TV launched in late 2020 on Chromecast, but it’s been seen to be slow in adoption in the time since Sony, TCL, and Realme started getting involved. Now, however, T-Mobile has quietly announced the TVision Hub, which is the second Google TV streaming device to go on sale in the United States.
Update 12/29: T-Mobile has quietly opened the door sales for the new TVision Hub with Google TV, with a confirmed price of $50. The device is also available as a monthly payment option for $4.17/month. At this point, T-Mobile has the device in stock and is ready for immediate delivery. You can order now from T-Mobile’s online store.
Next up is our original coverage, with additional images from T-Mobile’s new listing.
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but not available for purchase yet, “TVision Hub” is a streaming dongle that has essentially the same form factor as Chromecast with Google TV. However, there are two important changes to T-Mobile’s Google TV dongle.
Notably, the name “TVision Hub” was used by an Android TV device sold by T-Mobile last year, before the company killed its eponymous live TV service.
First, there’s a distinctly different remote that has dedicated input and power controls for the TV as well as power for the box, a live TV guide shortcut, and three app shortcuts for YouTube, Netflix, and a T-Mobile branded model number TV App. It’s not clear what this can be given T-Mobile has shut down the “TVision” service this dongle branded after early this year, promote customers via YouTube TV. Our prediction is that T-Mobile has created some kind of app to solicit content curated or subsidized by T-Mobile itself.
Another notable change is that T-Mobile’s Google TV dongle has a built-in Ethernet port. This appears to be paired with a microUSB port for power, but T-Mobile’s website indicates USB-C is available.
As detailed by SEI Robotics above Twitter, this device is using Amlogic S905Y4 chip. This is a newer and more powerful chip than what is found in Chromecast with Google TV and comes with AV1 decoding. Notably, the device is based on the newly released Android TV 11 operating system, an update that Chromecast has yet to see.
It’s unclear if T-Mobile will make any changes to the Google TV’s user interface, but the product page notes 4K HDR support. Apparently, the device will be free for new T-Mobile Home Internet customers. The full price isn’t entirely clear, but it looks like it could be as little as $50.
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