The latest Chromecast was the first sample of the new system that Google wanted to bring to market. Google TV has launched a new dongle which, according to the latest leaks, may soon have a successor. This is what points to the launch of a Chromecast with support to enjoy new functions.

The most recent Chromecast turned out to be the most expensive of those launched by Google, but also to be the first to debut with a remote control and to include, as we have already mentioned, the new interface offered by Google TV. Now a relay seems to be cooking in Mountain View.

Now and always according to 9to5Google, the American company is working on the development of a new Chroemcast. A model that would again bet on Google TV as an operating system but that would come with better hardware to add new functions.

The previous Chromecast arrived in fall 2020 and now the company seems to be working on a new model. Under the code name “Boreal”, the new Chromecast would be integrated into the same family as the current one, whose code name was “Sabrina”.

Of the new model, there is little data so far. Without information on possible specifications or other features, the media that discovered it point to an interesting improvement such as compatibility with the AV1 format, a feature that is not present in the current Chromecast. A new model that should also improve one of the great shortcomings of the current model, such as the low storage capacity.

For those who don’t know it, AV1 is a new video codec present on more and more platforms. From YouTube, which has already started testing it, to Kodi or Netflix to name just three examples. A new codec that wants to be the future and become the video standard of the future, replacing VP9 and HEVC. Even Apple is betting on AV1.

AV1, whose full name is AOMedia Video 1, is an open and free format supported by the Alliance for Open Media, in which companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Nvidia, Intel, Microsoft, Hulu and even Apple participate. . A more than interesting alternative to VP9 and HEVC developed specifically for the Internet era, surpassing the features offered by VP9 and HEVC by up to 40% by having a more efficient compression method. This means that less bandwidth is needed to send the same resolution.

With this optimization, we manage to eliminate the bottlenecks encountered by high quality video broadcasting, in 4K or even 8K. Also, being royalty-free, it should have a higher degree of acceptance than HEVC.

For the moment there is no data on this subject. The current Chromecast has been on the market for just over a year, so it may be too early for Google to launch its successor. That’s not to say the company can’t work on it, or even on a new device. We will have to be vigilant.

Through | 9to5Google