But while browsing the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) website earlier today, I spotted an interesting new detail. The USI Certified Products section of the website revealed that a Google tablet called Tangor (most likely a codename) had been certified by USI, and it is compliant with the USI Device specification.
For those of you who don’t know about USI, it’s a group of companies that maintain a specification for interoperable active styluses. Basically, they envision a future in which you can simply pick a USI stylus, and it will work with every touchscreen device you own, regardless of the platform or manufacturer.
Google is a part of USI, and it has already included USI support in Chrome OS, resulting in support for USI-certified styluses on dozens of Chromebooks. But as far as I can find, Android has yet to get USI support. So, in order to bring USI support to the Pixel Tablet, Google will also bring USI to Android.
Bottom line, Google Pixel Tablet is very likely codenamed “Tangor.” It’s getting USI stylus support. And a future Android version will also very likely bring USI specification support.
Update: USI has quietly updated its USI Certified Products list to remove the mention of Google tablet. However, you can still find the original listing on Wayback Machine.
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