Rumored Pixel Tablet accessories could bring it more in line with iPad and Galaxy Tab

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Future of Pixel Tablet stylus and keyboard accessories uncertain
After a year of teasing, Google fully unveiled the Pixel Tablet earlier this month, with availability planned for June 20. It's a dockable tablet and will come with a Charging Speaker Dock. It has been positioned as a device for entertainment, smart home controls, and hands-free Google Assistant queries. Reliable leaker Kamila Wojciechowska has today hinted that the company was working on a dedicated stylus and keyboard but it's unclear at the moment whether the accessories will be released at the same time as the tablet, if at all.

Official keyboard and stylus accessories were not announced alongside the Pixel Tablet but do exist



Apple and Samsung make keyboard cases and styluses for their tablets. In fact, Samsung offers the S Pen stylus for free with its best Android tablets. The companies want you to think of their slates as do-it-all devices that can double up as laptops when needed. Whether they can replace laptops is open to debate but Google doesn't really want to engage in this debate by claiming that its tablet can be used as a productivity device. But it looks like this wasn't the plan all along.

Wojciechowska today mentioned two accessories that Google hasn't announced so far: a "Stylus for Pixel Tablet" and a "Keyboard for Pixel Tablet".

Now, the Pixel Tablet does have Bluetooth, so you are free to buy third-party keyboards and it also supports USI 2.0 styluses.

At the moment, there are no official keyboard and pen accessories for the slate but Wojciechowska says they are still in development. She also adds that the tablet took so long to be released because it wasn't ready and says Google is still putting the final touches.


It could be that the company is running behind schedule and may announce the official accessories at some later point in time.

Or - and we are speculating here - Google may have realized that it couldn't compete with productivity-oriented iPads and chose a different direction for its tablets.

Another theory, which has been proposed by well-known writer and Android enthusiast Mishaal Rahman is that the Pixel Tablet's stylus might just be an internal testing product.

Google clearly has too much on its plate at the moment. The company also announced its first foldable phone alongside the Pixel Tablet and it even made a second foldable phone that it thought was not good enough for release and is possibly exploring a clamshell phone as well. 

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The Pixel Tablet starts at $499 and is currently on pre-order. The Charging Speaker Dock serves as a stand for the tablet. The slate has a 10.95-inch LCD screen and is powered by the Tensor G2 chip. It will get five years of software updates.

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