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Pixel Tablet May Soon Get a Cool New ‘Casting’ Feature

Google’s Pixel Tablet will reportedly get a new feature that will make media casting incredibly easy.

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Google’s Pixel Tablet may soon introduce a cool new feature that allows you to effortlessly cast content by just standing in front of it with your phone. This futuristic concept challenges the traditional approach where both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and casting is initiated manually by selecting the device from an icon. If this innovation becomes a reality, it will revolutionize the way we interact with technology, offering a seamless and convenient casting experience.

This upcoming feature, first spotted by @AssembleDebug on Twitter, or “X”, seems to utilize the Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip of the Pixel Tablet. The UWB technology enables precise detection of devices in a three-dimensional space and can identify when your phone is in close proximity to its screen. This functionality is referred to as “Media Tap to Transfer”, which aptly describes its purpose and simplicity. You can catch a sneak peak of this feature by watching the video embed in the tweet below.

Google has not provided details on how the casting would function, leaving us uncertain about whether the feature will be exclusive to UWB devices or compatible with NFC and Bluetooth technology as well.

Regardless of the technicalities, this method of casting to a Pixel Tablet could greatly simplify the experience for the average user. Moreover, it may align with Google’s vision, unveiled at CES 2023, of enabling audio content to seamlessly accompany you throughout the day. We can expect a Bose SimpleSync-like technology that automatically switches speakers based on your proximity to different Bose devices in your surroundings. However, Google might view a simpler and more intuitive casting experience as a crucial stepping stone towards full reliance on device proximity.

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Now, you’ll probably still need to indicate your desire to cast, at least initially (after all, it is called media ‘tap’ to transfer). I assume you’ll have the option to set a preference and forget about it, because walking in front of the tablet screen and being abruptly reminded by the tune of your favorite song or podcast would likely become tiresome in the long run.

Although no official announcement has been made yet, it’s likely to be disclosed in the near future, especially if it’s already integrated into the early builds of Android 14’s menu. We have observed that Google is increasingly leaning towards proximity-based interactions these days, and we quite appreciate that. However, it will need to establish protection measures, particularly in shared spaces both inside and outside your home.

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