It seems like we’ve been talking about Google’s rumored set top box forever, but now a new device called “Google Molly” has surfaced that seems to seal the deal on all other rumors. The company has indeed tried before – it partnered with Logitech and other firms on Google TV initiatives, and its $35 Chromecast offers similar features to some set-top box units. Now, however, it appears the company might be working on something even more similar to the Fire TV.
A new changelog for Android 4.4.3 that surfaced on XDA points to two new devices. One we talked about yesterday, Flounder, which is apparently a new Nexus device made by HTC. Another, Google Molly, is referenced specifically as a “set top box.” Here’s a look at the code as noted by Android Central on Friday:
e610c57 Set BT minor code to SET_TOP_BOX instead of HIFI.
Molly, presumably a code name, will apparently offer similar features to a lot of today’s most recent streaming set-top boxes, according to a report discussing Android TV from The Verge in April. It will likely offer quick access to all of the Google Play services, including Music, Video, TV shows and more, though with apparently a card-based layout. With its own processor, Google Molly could potentially have its own applications, too, and perhaps voice search like the Fire TV.
Google I/O takes place in June, and that’s where we’re most likely to see this device, the Flounder, new Android Wear products and more. TechnoBuffalo will be in attendance, and we’re now more excited than ever.