According to a recently discovered inclusion in the USI’s list of authorized goods, Google’s upcoming Pixel Tablet may support the cross-manufacturer USI (Universal Stylus Initiative) standard, allowing it to be used with a variety of third-party styluses. The item mentions a Google gadget with the model number “Tablet” and the product name “Tangor,” which are apparently placeholder names for the Android-powered tablet Google announced earlier this month.
Google embraced USI, an industry-wide stylus standard, in 2018. It’s already supported on a variety of Chromebooks, allowing them to be utilized with a wide range of styluses from various manufacturers. Despite the fact that there are numerous proprietary stylus / Android tablet products (such as Samsung’s S Pen for its Galaxy tablets), no tablets have been approved to work with the universal USI standard.
The USI released version 2.0 of the standard earlier this year. This version adds a new wireless charging capability that may allow compatible styluses to be charged simply by placing them close to a supported device, similar to what Apple provides with the Apple Pencil 2 and select iPads. It is unknown which version of the standard Google’s tablet will support.