Wednesday , August 22 2018

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.

Source: 9to5.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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It would be great if u have any app to exchange the messages independent of mobile network at least between the paired devices…recently I have faced lot of poblems…4of friends visited one tourist attractive place and mobile network down …no internet,no calls they r just one km away…we have ample of charging in both the mobiles but still not able to commmunicte…Wht is the use of this high trend technology then??

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Aww man, I’d REALLY love to see a Pixel Watch 😊

jimmy cychowski
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It would be nice if this dock would work in landscape mode and be able to turn the pixel 3 xl into a Smart screen device, etc, dock it then it automatically turns into a clock interface device with limited notifications of weather, appointments, music etc

Anthrox
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a dock that turns the phone into a smart assistant display would be pretty great

Andrew White
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An ‘always on’ hands free assistant in the home or office and mobile as well….nice.
To add to creativity and productivity though, it still needs a pen of sorts, whether internally held or a dedicated external accessory.

Martin Olminkhof
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Even though I got a Pixel 2 not long ago I’d upgrade to a Pixel 3 for wireless charging

Wayne Moore
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Was just about to write something similar. I miss wireless charging from the Nexus days and would definitely replace my Pixel 2 XL with a 3 XL plus one of these docks, if the rumours are true.

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