The new Google Pixel Tablet is designed to seamlessly integrate into the modern smart home ecosystem. A combination smart tablet and smart home hub, the Pixel Tablet provides entertainment and smart home control. Running your smart devices is handled by the Google Home app, and, of course, Google Assistant.
With features like built-in Chromecast, Google TV, built-in speakers, and more, the Google Pixel Tablet makes a versatile and entertaining addition to your smart home.
From Hand to Home: The Google Pixel Tablet 2-in-1 Smart Device
The Google Pixel Tablet is a two in one smart device that works as both a smart tablet and a smart home hub. It comes in Porcelain, Hazel and Rose and features an 11-inch screen. It has the Google Tensor G2 for fast performance, low-latency gaming, intelligent dictation, relighting and auto-framing for Google Meet video calls, and boosting battery life.
The Pixel Tablet can be powered 24/7 when on the Charging Speaker Dock. That dock has four built-in speakers, giving spacious sound. Lock and dock the tablet to get the features of a smart display or take it off the dock to use as a smart tablet. On the dock, it can be used as a smart home hub, or to make video calls, and for streaming. It can also be a digital photo frame.
NEW Google Home
A seriously updated new Google Home organizes and personalizes your smart home products. It’s a huge improvement on the old version. All compatible cameras, lights, locks, thermostats, and even garage door openers can be accessed and controlled via this app, and it’s available on the Pixel Tablet’s home panel.
For hands-free home automation, you can use Google Assistant. Simply say, “Hey Google,” then state your command. You can ask it to set the thermostat to a specific temperature, turn on the lights, lock the door, and a whole lot more.
Google TV comes pre-loaded and is available on the home screen, ready for you to watch all your favorite content. It also has Chromecast, allowing you to cast videos and music from your phone to the Pixel Tablet, but it must be docked. You can also use all the usual apps you would have access to on any other Pixel device, and other books, games, and apps via Google Play.
Using Nearby Share, you can share content to nearby Android phones and laptops like photos, videos, and more. Speaking of photos, there’s a feature on the Pixel called Magic Eraser to remove or blend items in the background of your photos in Google Photos.
Perks of Buying a Google Pixel Tablet
When you buy a Pixel Tablet, there are some definite perks! Three months of Google One storage, which includes 100 GB of cloud storage that works across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. You’ll also get access to YouTube Premium for three months so you can enjoy ad-free video and music offline and in the background.
You can get the Google Pixel Tablet for $499, and the Charging Speaker Station for $129, on the Google Store, where you also can finance your tablet, get Preferred Care for extra protection, and free shipping.
The Bottom Line
From the home automation perspective, the Google Pixel Tablet’s smart home capabilities add a bit of excitement to a tablet purchase that we haven’t seen in a while. Pairing the tablet with the “Charging Speaker Dock” is a clever way to integrate it. Nicely done!