A look at the Pixel tablet user interface: Android, Smart Display, Google Home and Camera [Gallery]

A look at the Pixel tablet user interface: Android, Smart Display, Google Home and Camera [Gallery]

In addition to sharing that the Pixel Tablet is powered by the Tensor G2 and has a Charging Speaker Dock, Google showed off more of the Android user interface and some Smart Display-inspired screens.

Android for tablets

Google specifically stated that “the Pixel Tablet is based on Android, including Material You”.

And 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 see what the Pixel home screen looks like on tablets. At first glance, which is already getting a few tweaks with the Pixel 7, it appears in the top corner and is again aligned to the left, despite all the available horizontal space. In addition to apps, the dock also includes a search bar with voice/assistant and access to Google Lens. The splash screen appears to be in a 6×4 configuration.

It’s interesting what apps Google has decided to place and highlight on the Pixel tablet’s home screen. We see the Recorder in a hint that Google will update the user interface for tablets, which could look a lot like the existing landscape design. Along with Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Keep, Recorder’s presence reflects how Google told us it wants the Pixel tablet to offer good productivity, especially with the Workspace suite of apps.

Meanwhile, the tablet’s content consumption side is reflected in Google TV and YouTube, as well as Photos, although this is also meant to reflect how image editing will be nicer on the bigger screen. A more interesting inclusion is the Personal Security app. It’s unclear exactly how this will work.

We get another look at the two-column Settings app, which is again set to Wallpaper and Style. We can see that the lock screen just centers the two-line clock without a notification. Otherwise, you’ll see a notification on the right with up to five lines and icons for everything else in the stack. Under At first glance, we see an even larger media player.

Finally, we have a Home shortcut on the lock screen that takes you to the controls of your smart device. The main UI is unchanged and just a grid, but a tap reveals the controls to appear as a right-aligned popup for the Nest thermostat. This UI preserves context, and it would be good to see more of this feature on Android.

The Smart Display user interface on the Pixel tablet

When the Pixel tablet is connected to the Charging Speaker Dock and a presentation is being shown, the time and At first glance are displayed in the corner, while there is a Cast icon in the upper right with the note “This tablet”.

Accessing Google Assistant in the dock loads a bottom sheet UI that takes up the entire width of the screen. (A bit narrower wouldn’t hurt.) This is the opposite of the Nest Hub showing command overrides at the top, while Google takes a lot of inspiration for the dock’s music controls. The Now Playing screen is very similar to the Smart Display version with a large overlay, slider, play/pause, shuffle, rewind and even Cast controls.

Application for Android tablets

Google also provided a look at a handful of new tablet-optimized apps, noting how it’s “working closely with developers to ensure apps take advantage of big-screen features like split-screen and stylus support.”

  • Google home page: The design shown at I/O was based on a previous iteration. This new one still uses the navigation bar, but looks much better with five tabs instead of just two. We can see the Favorites screen taking up extra space for what should be a great tablet experience. We’ll also take a look at the camera’s streaming UI.
  • Google Camera: Based on the examples from version 8.7 on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, we have app controls located on the left. This includes a drop-down settings menu in the top left corner and a pill-shaped controller.
  • Google One: Another view of an application that looks like a web page and is not yet active.

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