Pixel C Moves Closer to Smartphone Sibling, Thanks to the Latest Update

April 6, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The relation between Pixel C tablets and Pixel smartphones was a matter of discussion when it was first revealed that Google’s revamped smartphone lineup will be embracing the name of its tablet range. But further revelations and the subsequent launch made it clear that there was no such binding force that kept the two devices together except for the naming.

However, recent updates from Google has bolstered the Pixel C experience, and its continuing those efforts with the latest Android update that takes the Pixel C interface more closer to that of its smaller sibling.

Android 7.1.2 has now started rolling out to Pixel C tablet, and the biggest change is the interface change. With the update, Pixel C gets a major interface upgrade that makes it resemble the one we have seen in Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Buttons have been revamped to replicate the same from the smartphone device, and app icons have now been made round. The color patterns of the interface have been changed to match that of Pixel, with the navigational buttons too enjoying the tweak in its color and layout style. Other changes include repositioning of weather widget to the top and replacement of the Google search bar with the ‘G’ icon.

Apart from that, Pixel C also gets a new multi-tasking menu which can be used to select up to eight open apps and switch in between. The app-drawer also has faced the axe, and it has been replaced with a new gesture support that will invoke the installed app list.  Users can get the list by simply swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

Version 7.1.2, which was made available for testers a few weeks back, is now made available for download to all users. It’s not sure when the update will hit the rest of the devices including Nexus 6 and Pixel smartphones. As with the former, it is expected that the new update will add gesture support to the rear-fingerprint sensors. Pixl will also go through a minor boot design overhaul that will add Android logos to the screen when starting up.

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