At Google I/O last month, the company confirmed that a new Pixel Tablet is in the works. It will not be arriving anytime soon as Google had stated that it will only come in 2023, but it seems that Google’s plans for the device could be more than just a tablet. It could potentially replace the Nest Hub.
For those unfamiliar, the Nest Hub is a smart display by Google. It offers up the same functionality you would expect from smart speakers, with the main difference being that it has a display so you can stream video from video doorbells from it, security cameras, and so on.
According to a report from 9to5Google, they have discovered within Android’s code a reference to the “Google Dock”. This seems to suggest that Google could create some kind of dock accessory for the tablet that will allow it to function as a smart display in addition to it being a tablet.
The report points to some evidence of that being true, such as the teaser images of the tablet that showed off pogo connectors on the back that could allow it to hook up to a docking device of some sort. In a way it’s actually quite a clever implementation. There’s no denying that the tablet space is largely dominated by Apple’s iPad, but by giving the Pixel Tablet a way to function as more than just a tablet could make it quite compelling.
Either way, with a launch slated for 2023, it looks like we’ll have to wait quite a bit before more details are revealed.