Google shows the Pixel Tablet in action, and it looks amazing

Google Pixel Tablet
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The Google Pixel Tablet is already shaping up to be one of the best tablets of 2023, and a new Google blog post (opens in new tab) shows its impressive-looking interface in action. 

The post itself is an announcement of new keyboard shortcuts for Google Keep, but as 9to5google (opens in new tab) spotted it also shows the new interface in action in what appears to be a pair of screen recordings. The image resolutions are in the right aspect ratio for the tablet, which is expected to have a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, and they definitely fit with the very many images Google has already revealed of its tablet UI.

What do these leaked Pixel Tablet images tell us?

The most obvious takeaway here is that the tablet interface makes use of the extra screen size, so icons are more widely spaced than they are on the best Android phones and the status bars are taller. There's also a persistent user switcher that should make it fast and simple to move between different accounts, something that'll be useful for shared tablets at home.

The recordings also demonstrate a Split View that appears to work much like an iPad does: there's an equal split to begin with but you can grab the border between the two and resize them with a drag. 

The more I see of the Pixel Tablet, the more impressed I am: after many years of apparently seeing Android tablets as an afterthought, Google has clearly pulled a U-turn and invested serious amounts of time and talent in the Pixel tablet. I can't wait to see how it compares to next year's best iPads.

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com (opens in new tab)).