At the I/O 2022, tech giant Google revealed its plan to introduce the Google Pixel Tablet. However, until now, apart from a few renders and somewhat promising descriptions, the tech giant has not revealed any concrete details about the device. Until now, there had been no information on if or not the device will support stylus input. However, as per the latest reports, it appears that the upcoming tablet from the tech giant will indeed support stylus input.
According to reports, a Google tablet was recently certified by the USI or the Universal Stylus Initiative. As suggested by the name, USI sets the standard for styluses that works between brands. This is not the first time that Google has gotten certified by USI. The tech giant has been a member since 2018. Chromebooks already support this kind of stylus, while the others use proprietary solutions.
The USI has listed this unspecified Google tablet as just “Tangor”, which is the name of a fruit from the citrus family. We can assume this to be a code name for the Google Pixel tablet since the tech giant is not currently working on any other tablet devices. The Google Pixel tablet may be expected to be launched next year.
It is doubtful whether other tablets support a USI stylus. The Universal Stylus Initiative has unveiled version 2.0 of its standard. This includes a system for wireless charging of the stylus utilizing the NFC Wireless Charging, or WLC 2.0. Using this, it will be possible to transfer up to 1W, which is sufficient for a stylus. In the new version, there will also be provisions for improved tilt detection. However, which version of the USI standard will be used by the Google tablet, cannot be said until 2023.