Google Steps Up Stylus Interaction in Android 14 Beta: A Promising Sign for Pixel Tablet Users
The upcoming Android 14 might introduce enhancements related to stylus functionality for the Pixel Tablet. The ability to launch your preset note-taking application through a tail button press on your stylus is one of the major improvements.
The most recent Android 14 beta version demonstrates how the operating system can better manage a stylus. By pressing the stylus’s tail button, users can quickly access their preferred note-taking app. Additionally, new options have been integrated, allowing users to disregard stylus button presses and a shortcut to modify the default note-taking app.
The third beta of Android 14 provides insight into Google’s future plans for Android. It showcases the tech giant’s efforts to improve the way the operating system interacts with a stylus, adding options to adjust the default note-taking application and ignore stylus button presses.
Mishaal Rahman discovered that Android 14 includes a code that distinguishes between different stylus buttons, such as the primary, secondary, tertiary, and tail buttons. The tail button, when pressed, launches your preferred note-taking application.
Furthermore, when a stylus is connected to an Android 14 device, you can find stylus-specific settings in the device details page. These settings feature a shortcut for changing the “default notes app” and a switch to “ignore all stylus button presses.”
It’s encouraging to see Android improving compatibility with accessories in its ecosystem. However, these enhancements coincide with rumors about Google’s Pixel Tablet coming with a stylus called “Stylus for Pixel Tablet.” The Pixel Tablet already supports USI 2.0 stylus, but Google has not announced a dedicated stylus for its tablet yet.
Additionally, Android 14 has recently incorporated upgrades for physical keyboards, often used with tablets. Interestingly, Google was rumored to be developing a “Keyboard for Pixel Tablet,” but this hasn’t been announced so far.
Though it hasn’t been explicitly stated that these features were specifically developed for or restricted to the Pixel Tablet, the correlation is conspicuous. However, we don’t object to this.
So far, Google has only released a charging dock for the Pixel Tablet and an official case with a metal ring stand. Observing the progression of Android 14, we anticipate Google’s announcement of a dedicated keyboard and stylus for the tablet in the near future.