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Google might debut 'Pixel Stand', a wireless charging dock with the third-gen Pixel devices

Google is expected to launch the next-generation Pixel phones sometime later this year. Rumors and leaks have been ripe about the possible design, display specifics and a prototype of one of the possible color variants. However, along with the phones, there are reports of other products that the search giant might launch during its annual fall event.

One of those devices is the ‘Pixel Stand’. Though not confirmed, it is believed that the third-generation Pixel phones will sport a wireless charging option. References to a term called ‘dreamliner’ were found in the Android P Beta code that pointed towards an app that is being tested internally that is related to wireless charging. Now, more information about the Pixel Stand suggests that the device would not only act as a wireless charger but also help turn the phone into an assistant-powered smart screen.

Code uncovered in the latest Google beta app APK hints at strings detailing a Pixel Stand device. The code includes references to a “trusted_dock_action”, pointing towards some form of pairing between the dock and the phone. Additionally, the code includes that when paired with and placed on the stand, the assistant “can use your personal info to make suggestions, answer questions, and take actions for you when your phone is locked”.

With the advent of smart displays with digital assistants such as the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo Show and the Google Assistant-powered Lenovo Smart Display, digital assistant toting devices leveraging a display are catching up. However, smart displays are priced on the higher side, costing anywhere from $199 to $250. If the Pixel Stand is priced right and does indeed double up as a dock for the phone, it may well act as a middle ground between a phone and a smart display, especially when placed on a desk at home and/or work, hence negating the need to spend on two separate devices.

Lenovo Smart Display

In addition to the Pixel Stand and the third-generation Pixel phones, the firm is also expected to launch the second-generation Pixelbook, new Pixel Bud earphones and a possible trio of Pixel branded smartwatches at its fall event later this year.

As with all rumors and leaks, take this information too with a pinch of salt. The addition of code to the Google app may hint at new devices, but plans within organizations can change at any moment and the device might never see the light of day.

Source: 9to5Google via DigitalTrends

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