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Google’s new charging speaker dock will turn the Pixel tablet into a smart screen for the home

At its hardware event this morning, Google explained how it found that tablets weren’t always helpful in the home, as they tended to only be used for a small portion of the day. Often, tablets would end up hidden away in a drawer or become a tripping hazard, the company said. And when users did pull them out, they’d be out of battery. This prompted the idea to create a charging base for the tablet that would allow the tablet to work as a smart screen when it’s not being used for other tasks. Its forthcoming charging speaker dock, instead, would allow the tablet to be propped up and charged when not in use. This could make it a handy kitchen helper, for example, so users could watch recipe videos or listen to music while they cook. Or users could tap on the screen to adjust their smart home controls — like turning off the lights or setting the thermostat. The tablet could also be set to show photos when not in use, like a digital picture frame. Missing Attachment And, because the base is also a changer, the tablet could be removed at any time, fully charged. The company didn’t offer much detail about the dock during the event, but noted in a tweet how the dock would offer enhanced audio, hands-free help with Google Assistant, and a photo display feature. Missing Attachment It also said the Charging Speaker Dock uses magnets that make it easy to dock and undock the tablet whenever it’s needed for another purpose. Ppricing for the dock was not mentioned at today’s event, only that it will ship in 2023 alongside the upcoming Pixel tablet. 27281f3b51f5e31f5bc1f50b google-fall-2022-banner-10 Google’s new charging speaker dock will turn the Pixel tablet into a smart screen for the home by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

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