Google is said to be announcing a number of devices at an event on October 9, including the highly anticipated Pixel 3 smartphones. To go along with the new phones, the company is also expected to launch the Pixel Stand, a wireless charging dock which will apparently turn the phone into a sort of smart screen, similar to the Lenovo Smart Display launched earlier this year.
Unlike the Pixel smartphones, not much has been said about the Stand, but we may have just gotten a glimpse of what it may end up looking like. The device has once again been spotted in a teardown of the Google app APK file, and this time it shows up in the form of an animation – or two. One of the uncovered files shows a phone presenting an image slideshow, which would indicate that the phone can be used as a digital frame while docked.
Another animation shows the phone going through a series of screens presenting what appear to be app notifications. This includes texts, calls, and calendar notifications for what, presumably, are upcoming events. As for the stand itself, it seems fairly basic, but these animations aren’t likely to feature a lot of detail either way. The dock appears to a circle that will offer some sort of support for the phone to stand vertically.
Another thing that may be worth noting is that the device in the animation doesn’t exactly match what we’ve seen from the upcoming Pixel phones, featuring an edge-to-edge display and no notch.
As a reminder, Google’s hardware event is taking place on October 9 and, in addition to the Pixel smartphones and the Stand, a Google Home-branded smart display is also expected, as well as the first smartwatches from the Mountain View giant. Of course, there’s no guarantee that all of these devices will be announced on that date, so we’ll have to wait to know for sure.