Apart from sharing the Pixel Tablet Equipped with Tensor G2 and has a Charging Dynamic Touch, Google showed more Android UI and several Smart Display-inspired screens.
Android for tablet
Google has made it clear that “the foundation of the Pixel Tablet is Android, including Material You.”
Just as our Pixel phones have always been the best and purest expression of Android, the Pixel Tablet is the best way to experience Android on a tablet.
To that end, we’re taking a look at what the Pixel home screen looks like on tablets. Already at a glance A few improvements with the Pixel 7, appears in the upper corner, and stacks back to the left despite all available horizontal space. Aside from apps, the dock includes a Search bar with voice/assistant and Google Lens access. The home screen appears in a 6×4 configuration.
It’s interesting what apps Google chooses to place and highlight on the home screen of the Pixel Tablet. We see recorder It’s a sign that Google will update the UI for tablets, which could be very similar existing landscape design. Along with Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Keep, and Recorder, Google wants the Pixel Tablet to offer us a good productivity experience, especially with the Workspace suite of apps.
Meanwhile, the content consumption side of the tablet is represented by Google TV and YouTube, as well as Photos, although this is meant to reflect how image editing will be better on a larger screen. A more interesting addition is the Personal Security program. It’s unclear exactly how this will work.
Again, we’re looking at the two-column Settings app set to Wallpaper and style. We see that without any notifications, the lock screen just centers the two-line clock. Otherwise, signals appear on the right with a maximum of five lines and icons for everything else in the tray. At a glance, we see a larger media player.
Finally, we have a Home shortcut on the lock screen that takes you to smart device controls. The main UI is unchanged and just a grid, but tapping reveals that the controls appear as a pop-up window stacked to the right for the Nest Thermostat. This preserves the UI context and would be nice if this element were more visible on Android.
Smart Display UI on Pixel Tablet
When the Pixel Tablet is connected to the Charging Speaker Dock and showing slideshows, the time and At a Glance appear in the corner, and there’s a Broadcast icon in the top right that says “This tablet.”
When docked, accessing Google Assistant loads a sub-sheet UI that spans the entire width of the screen. (It wouldn’t hurt to narrow it down a bit.) It’s the opposite of the Nest Hub, which shows command transcripts at the top, while Google takes a lot of inspiration for its docked music controls. The Now Playing screen is very similar to the Smart Screen version, with a large cover art, scrubber, play/pause, shuffle, rewind and even Broadcast controls.
android tablet apps
Google also took a look at a few new apps optimized for tabletsand noted how it “works closely with developers to make sure apps take advantage of big-screen features like split-screen and stylus support.”
- Google Home: The design shown in I/O was based on the previous iteration. This a new one it still uses the navigation rail, but it looks better with five tabs instead of two. We find that the Favorites screen benefits from the extra space for a great tablet experience. We also take a look at the camera streaming user interface.
- Google Camera: Taking a cue from version 8.7, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have app controls placed on the left side. It includes a top-left corner settings drop-down menu and a pill-shaped controller.
- Google One: Another look at a website-like app that hasn’t been released yet.
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