Walmart Android TV stick appears ready for launch
According to a new listing spotted at the FCC, Walmart may be preparing to launch an Android TV stick made by Onn. The dongle appears to come with a remote and will attach directly to your TV’s HDMI port, similar to the Chromecast with Google TV.
Onn is a company that creates white label products for other brands. The company has previously made several low-cost Android tablets for Walmart, and now it’s back with an Android TV stick. According to the listing (via Android TV Rumor on Twitter), the dongle will support 2K streaming and include a remote with shortcut keys for Google Assistant, YouTube, Netflix, Disney Plus, and HBO Max.
— Android TV Guide (@AndroidTV_Rumor) March 15, 2021
Images included with the Walmart Android TV stick reveal the dongle will launch with an HDMI extension cable, making plugging in the dongle much easier. Sometimes TV ports can be difficult to access, particularly if your TV is mounted, so the extension cable is a welcome addition. Otherwise, the Android TV stick doesn’t seem particularly special.
It’s not clear if Walmart’s Android TV stick will be worth getting when there are already super cheap Android TV dongles from Google and Xiaomi. Walmart will also likely preload a bunch of its apps on this thing, which may turn many people away. However, if you’re looking to get started with Android TV easily, it may be worth considering.
If you’re unfamiliar with Android TV, Google recently introduced an update that makes content discovery a lot better. The updated interface closely resembles the UI on the Chromecast with Google TV, although there are fewer tabs on the home screen. The tabs include Home, Discover, and Apps, and makes sifting through content a little less daunting.
According to the FCC listing, the Walmart Android TV stick will launch with Android TV 10 and be certified for Prime Video, so it will have access to plenty of services at launch.