Taking a cue from Apple’s book, Google seems to be working on its own wireless charger stand for the Pixel 3. A teardown of the latest Google app for Android points to the ‘Pixel Stand’, a wireless charging accessory with Google Assistant capabilities built-in.
References to the Pixel Stand in the Google app hint that once you dock your Pixel 3 to the charger, you would be able to summon Google Assistant on it even if it is locked. The charging status of the device will be displayed on the always-on display along with the At a Glance widget on the home screen.
<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>
Essentially, the strings point to the Pixel Stand making the Pixel 3 act as a standalone Google Home smart speaker.
While the Pixel 3 XL has already leaked in photos, there’s no confirmation that it will come with wireless charging capabilities. Given that Google is working on a Pixel Stand, its likely that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come with wireless charging capabilities built-in.
Apple was the first major OEM to unveil its own wireless charger with the AirPower last year. The company’s take on wireless chargers was unique and aimed to solve the problem of charging multiple devices wirelessly at once. However, it has been well over 10 months now since Apple announced AirPower and the wireless charger is yet to go on sale.