It seems there’s little left to reveal with Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 come October, with the design fairly comprehensively gone over some months ago. However, there were rumours of wireless charging, and it now seems that Google itself has confirmed it, along with a new charging accessory.
Dubbed Pixel Stand, the device was discovered digging through upcoming code released during the Android P developer preview, and the latest release of the Google app (version 8.14, released this weekend).
The Pixel Stand will be able to answer questions with personal information, including calendar appointments, even when the phone is locked. The help section of the Google app revealed this tidbit:
<string name=”trusted_dock_action_text”>I Agree</string>
<string name=”trusted_dock_cancel_text”>No thanks</string>
<string name=”trusted_dock_message”>Your Assistant can use your personal info to make suggestions, answer questions, and take actions for you when your phone is locked and on your Pixel Stand</string>
<string name=”trusted_dock_title”>Get personalized help when your phone is on your Pixel Stand</string>
While this alone doesn’t confirm the Pixel Stand will be a wireless charging dock, it kind of adds up. The phone’s design – that we’ve seen, at least – comes with a glass back, perfect for wireless charging. The codename – from Android P previews – of dreamliner kind of sounds luxurious. Plus, it’s hard to conclude that at the end of 2018, Google – a forward looking company – would release a standard, uninteresting wired charging dock.
Will we see the Pixel Stand launched alongside the Pixel 3 line later in Spring? Most probably. I still want to see a Pixel Watch, though.