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Google preps mysterious Assistant feature for the Pixel Tablet


What you need to know

  • Google appears to be preparing a new Pixel Tablet feature called “Look and Sign.”
  • It’s unclear what Look and Sign might do, but it could offer a way for people to interact with the device through sign language, or more basic hand gestures. 
  • Look and Sign is likely similar to Look and Talk, which is available currently on the Nest Hub Max.

The Google Pixel Tablet is already a great smart home companion thanks to its included charging speaker dock. With it, the Pixel Tablet essentially works as a Nest Hub Max, answering questions with Google Assistant and managing your smart home devices. However, the Pixel Tablet might become more like the Nest Hub Max in a future update, according to an APK teardown of the Google Search app from 9to5Google

The teardown reveals an upcoming feature that Google appears to be trying to hide. It’s disguised as “LnS” in code references, and this stands for “Look and Sign.” This feature sounds similar to Look and Talk, which is currently available on the Nest Hub Max, and the two might function in a comparable way. Look and Talk can detect when someone is looking at and speaking to a Nest Hub Max, taking advantage of the device’s built-in camera. It can simplify things and cut “Hey Google” out of the process.