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New evidence suggests the Pixel tablet could replace your Google Nest Hub

Android code reveals information about a "Google Dock" likely for the Pixel Tablet.

Published onJune 6, 2022

The smart connector on the Pixel Tablet
Roger Fingas / Android Authority
  • Android code reveals that the Pixel Tablet may connect to a dedicated “Google Dock.”
  • The dock will likely charge the tablet when it’s not in use and double up as a speaker.

We already know that Google’s upcoming Pixel Tablet bears a striking resemblance to the display of the Nest Hub Max. Now, a new report from 9to5Google confirms our suspicions about Google’s plans to re-enter the tablet market.

The publication reports that the Pixel Tablet indeed aims to replace the Nest Hub in your homes. The pogo pins at the back of the tablet will connect to a dedicated dock referred to as the “Google Dock” in Android code. Though this is unlikely the final name for the product, the dock will charge the tablet’s battery when it’s not in use.

The outlet previously reported that Google is working on a Nest Hub with a “dockable tablet form factor” in which the screen “detaches from a base/speaker.” The new code evidence about the so-called Google Dock further solidifies that rumor.

Moreover, the code also reveals that Google is preparing to add support for the Nest Hub’s ultrasound feature to Android. Nest Hub devices use ultrasound to detect your presence and light up in response. Google is baking similar functionality into Android, with support for playing and recording ultrasonic waves, seemingly for the Pixel Tablet.

Another recent report from 9to5Google revealed how Google is testing a way to utilize Android for detecting snores and coughs, a feature already available on Nest Hubs. This is also something the outlet believes could be headed to the Pixel Tablet.

All of the above infomation suggests that Google’s upcoming foray into tablets could be the future of smart displays. What are your thoughts about what Google is doing? Drop us a line in the comments section below.

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