Despite initially being advertised as a Pixel tablet, Google’s next step into huge displays will really replace your home’s Nest Hub with a number of well-known functions.
We stated earlier this year that the Made by Google group was developing a new Nest Hub, which we assumed might run Android. Soon after, Google announced that it would introduce the Pixel tablet in 2023.
Although very little information regarding the tablet’s features was provided, renders gave us a good idea of both its front and back. Despite having the moniker Pixel, the tablet from 2023 has pronounced white bezels, which are a defining element of the Nest Hub series.
Pogo pins are visible on the Pixel tablet’s rear, but Google hasn’t indicated what kind of accessory they might be connecting it to. Thanks to freshly found Android code, we now have a much better picture of what these pins will be utilized for.
The next Google tablet will connect to a specific dock that is jokingly referred to in the code as Google Dock , as we had first reported, though this is unlikely to be the final product name. When the tablet isn’t being used, this dock will charge the battery as you might assume, and based on a prior report, it should also function as a house speaker.
This tablet has the potential to be the best smart display for watching media thanks to the strength of full Android apps, the Pixel series next-generation Google Assistant, and the anticipated huge display size.
What about the Nest Hub series’ useful ambient features, though? For instance, every Nest Hub has the ability to use ultrasound to detect when you are approaching it and respond appropriately. With new support for both playing and recording ultrasonic waves, Google has started building this same feature within Android, probably for the Pixel Tablet.
Similar to this, as we previously reported, Google is allowing staff members to gather and submit sleep-related data from their Android phones using the company’s Health Studies app. To the benefit of the Pixel tablet, this may act as a significant fusion and expansion of the sleep tracking tools offered by Pixel, Nest Hub, and Fitbit.
All things considered, while the long-awaited Pixel tablet will undoubtedly be the following year’s large screen gadget, it will also, in many ways, be the culmination of Google’s work and objectives for the Nest Hub series.
Pricing is one of the primary issues that still has to be resolved. The 2nd generation Nest Hub manages to be a cost-effective entry point for bringing the Google Assistant into your house with its (often discounted) retail price of $99. Although Google hasn’t disclosed the Pixel tablet’s suggested retail price, it will undoubtedly be more expensive than even the $229 Nest Hub Max, and we can’t even be certain that the dock won’t be an additional purchase.
Given this, we believe it is probable that Google will continue to release inexpensive Nest Hub models for the foreseeable future. The Pixel tablet, nevertheless, appears prepared to be your next Nest Hub if you’re hunting for a smart display that can also perform a great deal more.