Nokia wants to take on the Chromecast with Google TV with a new streaming stick. While HMD Global is known as the licensee for Nokia-branded phones, other licensees manufacture other Nokia-branded devices. For example, Tongfang Ltd, a Chinese company, has the license to manufacture Nokia-branded laptops, which are sold in India by the retail giant Flipkart.
Earlier this year, a French company, Off Global, signed an international licensing agreement to also design and sell Nokia laptops in 22 countries. It announced its first PC, the €699 Nokia PureBook Pro, at MWC 2022. However, it is yet to be available for purchase. Yet another licensee is StreamView GmbH, a Vienna-based company that has the license to sell Nokia Smart TVs and set-top boxes in Europe.
A listing for a device called the “Nokia Streaming Stick” has been spotted on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s website, confirming a new streaming device from StreamView GmbH. The certification page describes the device as an “HDMI TV Dongle” with Bluetooth 5.2 support. Although it is not known what operating system the device will run out of the box, taking into consideration that the Nokia TVs made by the company run Android TV, there is a likelihood it will be the same operating system. This means when it launches, it will take on streaming dongles from Google, Amazon and Xiaomi.
It Should Run Android TV
The Nokia Streaming Stick isn’t the first streaming device from StreamView GmbH. In Nov. 2020, the company launched the Nokia Streaming Box 8000, a €100 Android TV box with support for 4K UHD streaming. The device was launched with Android TV 10 and shipped with a voice remote with dedicated buttons for YouTube, Prime Video, Netflix and Google Play. The backlit remote also has a Google Assistant button and a number pad. Unfortunately, despite having the form factor of a streaming box, it had a measly 8GB of storage, although the USB-A 3.0 and USB-C ports on the back meant users could plug an external storage device.
It is not yet known when the Nokia Streaming Stick will be announced, but it is not expected to cost as much as the €100 launch price of the Nokia Streaming Box 8000. However, if it comes with the same insufficient 8GB storage as the Chromecast with Google TV, it will be repeating the same mistake Google made with its streaming device. However, a MicroSD card slot or extra port for connecting an external drive would be a wise addition.