Pay-TV provider DirecTV has reportedly started to trial test a new Android TV-based streaming media adapter, which is said to offer a more powerful 4K UHD user experience with Dolby Vision dynamic metadata HDR, Dolby Atmos surround sound capability and robust Wi-Fi performance.

According, which first reported the story on Monday, the device is called the “Gemini Air, ” and based on the Android platform. It will connect to DirecTV’s live OTT streaming service, while also supporting popular standalone apps including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney Plus, Pluto TV and others.

The Gemini Air form factor appears similar to other Android TV dongles such as Google’s own Chromecast with Google TV. The unit’s HDMI interface connects to an available port on a television. It also requires a supplied AC power adapter.

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The Gemini Air includes a voice-command-capable remote based on the Google Assistant voice control AI platform to engage in program searches and other tasks.

Other features reportedly include a powerful processor (presumably for snappier response), improved Wi-Fi, 4GB of RAM, and15GB of on-board storage capacity.

DirecTV began offering 1,000 units of the adapter free to e-mail-invited subscribers as a beta trial launch. That offer has since ended and the unit is temporarily unavailable to the general public. DirecTV has not formally announced the product, pricing or distribution plans.

The satellite-TV provider launched an Android-based set-top box called the Osprey in 2018 as part of its then called “DirecTV Now” live OTT multi-channel streaming platform. The box and service were later rebranded DirecTV Stream.

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By Greg Tarr

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