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Pixel Stand: 5 things you should know about the wireless charger from Google

The Pixel Stand not only charges your phone, but also does a lot of other things.

Pixel Stand

Along with its new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, Google announced the Pixel Stand, a wireless charging stand. But in reality, the Pixel Stand does more than just charge your phone.

The Pixel Stand turns your phone into a digital photo frame and can even imitate the sunrise using your phone’s screen. Here are five things you should know about the Pixel Stand.

Compatibility

Pixel Stand

First, the Pixel Stand is a wireless charger. It will charge any device that is compatible with Qi technology of up to 10W. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are charged to 10W, while any iPhone is compatible with 7.5W wireless charging chargers. 

However, Pixel Stand is more than a simple wireless charger for the Pixel 3 line. Each time you place a Pixel 3 on the stand, some additional features are activated.

Configuration

Pixel Stand

The first time you place a Pixel 3 in the Pixel Stand, your phone will ask you to set up the Pixel Stand. Touch Next and then follow the prompts.

You will be asked if you want Pixel Stand to activate Google Assistant, to enable Do Not Disturb, if you want your personal photos to be displayed on the screen while it is docked, or if you want your phone to light up slowly in the morning, filling your bedroom with light solar just before the alarm goes off.

Digital photo frame

Pixel Stand

If you choose to make Pixel Stand convert your phone into a digital photo frame, you must select an album of photos (or albums) from your Google Photos account. Google also gives you the option to use recent highlights as determined by Google Photos.

If you get tired of seeing the same pictures again and again, you can always change them in the Pixel Stand configuration.

Google Assistant functions

Pixel Stand

If you choose to have Pixel Stand activate Google Assistant, when using the Stand, the Google assistant will place small bubbles with suggestions at the bottom of the screen.

For example, in the morning you can see “Good morning”, “See the news” or “How is the weather?”. You can touch a bubble to activate Google Assistant with that warning or use the standard activation phrases of “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.”

Configurations

Pixel Stand

The configuration page of the Pixel Stand is not the easiest to find. In fact, it is somewhat hidden. To access it, open the Settings application and then go to Connected devices> Previously connected devices> Pixel Stand. Then you have to select the gear icon to finally open the Pixel Stand configuration page.

Once you get there, you can change the photo albums that are used, enable or disable the Sunrise function and choose if the screen should darken when the room is dark.

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