Some of you might recall that back when Google launched the Pixel 3, the company also launched an accessory for the handset in the form of the Pixel Stand. This was basically an upright wireless charger that also came with some additional features exclusive to the Pixel phones.
That being said, it is a bit long in the tooth so it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that Google could be readying a new model. This is according to 9to5Google’s Dylan Roussel who when poking around the Android 12 Beta 2 code, discovered references made to a new Made by Google wireless charger, leading them to speculate that this could indeed be a new Pixel Stand.
In addition to the original Pixel Stand being a bit old since it was launched in 2018, other reasons to think it could be the successor is the fact that the original Pixel Stand charges at a glacial 10W. This is versus other more modern wireless chargers that can charge much faster, so for Google to update the accessory would make sense.
What’s interesting is that with this new model, it seems that Google could be building fans inside of it, which presumably would help keep the accessory cool while it charges the phone. Companies like OnePlus already use fans in their chargers, so this wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. The Pixel 6 is expected to be launched later this year with a brand new design, and now it looks like we could see new accessories launch alongside it as well.