A Pixel tablet has now been included on a list of Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) products, as Google hinted at developing one during I/O 2022.
The Universal Stylus Initiative, as its name implies, seeks to establish a standard for active pen input so that any authorized attachment can be used with any approved device. Google joined in 2018 and has since released several Chromebooks with USI compatibility. The standard’s NFC wireless charging was added in February with the release of version 2.0.
A Google entry for a product that complies with the Device specification is currently available in the USI Certified Products list (through Nugiz ) (versus Stylus). The designated product name is Tangor citrus fruit hybrid , and the model is just Tablet.
Google only spoke the phrase “Pixel tablet” on stage. We don’t know if Pixel Tablet is the official brand name because the words “Pixel” and “tablet” don’t exist together in writing. The USI appearance does not offer any more naming proof or provide unambiguous proof that what Google revealed at I/O matches what is on the certification list. Having said that, Google has only officially approved one such gadget.
Given that the Pixel tablet is not anticipated until 2023, it is remarkable how early Tangor is showing up in a certification database. (According to archive.org , the listing was added after January of this year, and a post I/O introduction is probably in order.) Although Android has never before supported USI, some third-party devices will undoubtedly outsell Google’s offerings.
Google’s 9TO5 A Google Pixel tablet that is anticipated to function as a Smart Display and has a mysterious base/dock that supports styluses is very intriguing, assuming they are the same item. Although it would give the product a new selling point, it doesn’t really match the smart home story.
How would a USI stylus with the Pixel brand acquire electricity from Google’s tablet if it needed to be recharged periodically? Many pens today employ USB-C or AAAA batteries as alternatives, but wireless charging is a more attractive option. Does the Pixel tablet ostensibly support reverse charging, or is it just another use for the pogo pins?
USI stylus by HP
The team behind Android Tablets has stated that it is interested in pen input and determining what new apps would benefit users who may be doing things that are first stylus-enabled. It makes sense for any first-party product to support the most recent and greatest specifications as the Pixel tablet was hinted to as helping to fuel the momentum around large-screen Android devices.