Rumors have been going on for quite some time about a foldable Pixel phone. With Samsung clearly seeing some level of success with their own foldable devices it all makes sense. Not to mention the big push for tablets and foldable devices with Android 12L set to release later this spring in 2022. So with all that said, I want to go over my short wish list for the folding Pixel phone, codenamed the Pixel Notepad.
4 Years Of Android Updates
I have no idea what Android is going to look like in 4 years, who knows maybe we’ll already be shifting towards an entirely new platform by then. However, I do know that I love Android support. With my Pixel 3a set to lose support shortly after the release of Android 12L I’ll be looking for a new device. While the Pixel 6 offers 5 years of security updates and the standard 3 years of Android version updates I can’t help but acknowledge security updates as BORING. Don’t get me wrong, I like the gesture Google, but I buy Pixel phones to have the latest operating system, not just the best security. So hopefully Google can switch things up a little bit an make the Pixel Notepad come with a guaranteed 4 years of Android updates!
This may be a long shot but I can’t help but feel that Android is really missing out in the world of stylus and pen based interactions. Sure you have Samsung and their S Pen, and thanks to some Samsung software magic they do seem to have a solid product. But as for Android and Android devices overall, I think something is missing. I don’t know how much of this will come from software set up for close connection to a pen accessory if if the Pixel Notepad will need a lot of hardware upgrades in order to create that Apple Pen experience that Apple has really been able to monopolize on in the world of writing on touchscreens. Whatever Google decides to do, I hope this brings some level of attention to the need for stronger stylus and smart pen support with the standard Android operating system.
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