We’re guessing we’ll hear more about the Google Pixel Tablet at Google’s product launch event tomorrow, but thanks to Google’s low-key reveal, we’ve learned something new about the upcoming tablet.
A random “test” (internal testing) version of Google Home was released to select users (via Android Police) as a regular app update. (opens in new tab)), supplement with a note that this is a secret construction and not for public use. Fortunately, the APK file of the app was copied before the Android expert allowed it Mishaal Rahman (opens in new tab) to thoroughly inspect the application code.
While it’s interesting to get an early look at Google’s redesigned interface (it was officially announced yesterday), the part we’re most interested in right now is the “Set Your Dock” feature that Rahman unveiled. The mention of a tablet in the setup thread and the lack of tablets with a dedicated dock on the market right now makes it sound an awful lot like an accessory for the Pixel Tablet. During the Google I/O preview, there were metal pins visible on the back of the tablet that suggested some accessories, and the dock fits the bill.
The alleged Pixel Tablet dock has an installation flow. The app has two docks codenamed korlan and yuzu. pic.twitter.com/QsRqmW2iD4October 5, 2022
References to “dimming the lights with your voice” and “enjoy hands-free controls” indicate that Google intends its Pixel tablet to function as both a mobile Nest Hub and a regular slate. It has a major advantage over the iPad family. for smart home fanatics, as Apple removed the ability to use iPads as HomeKit Hubs in iPadOS 16.
Another notable feature of the early-launch Google Home app is that it allows you to add Matter devices that use the new unified smart home standard jointly developed by Google, Apple, Amazon and other smart home companies. There aren’t any specific Matter-compatible devices on sale yet, but many of the best smart home devices work with Matter, so they can be controlled via the new Google Home app.
With any luck, Google will confirm this Pixel Tablet feature and more at today’s Google October event. We know that this presentation will mainly focus on the Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch, but we hope that Google finds time to talk more about its new tablet and even the long-rumored Google Pixel Fold.