Android’s data recovery tool gets new pixel tablet animations

Google has updated Android’s Data Restore tool with a handful of new animations in preparation for the upcoming Pixel tablet.

About APK Insight: In this APK Insight post, we have decompiled the latest version of an application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. If we decompile these files (called APKs in the case of Android apps), we can see different lines of code within this hint to possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features and our interpretation of what they are may not be perfect. However, we will try to enable those that are nearing completion to show you what they will look like should they ship. With that in mind, read on.

When setting up a new Android device — except for brands like Samsung, which have their own method for copying data — Google’s data recovery tool makes it straightforward and easy to copy messages, apps, and more from another Android phone. And with the recent launch of Switch to Android app on iOS, the data recovery tool can also copy the same data from an iPhone.

A new Data Restore Tool update rolled out via the Play Store this week, bringing it to version 1.0.455404737. Within the update, we found six new animations that the app shows when you copy data to a new Android tablet.

The main difference of these animations compared to the existing ones is that one of the devices shown is resized to look like a tablet and not a phone. The animations are also meant to flow together, and as such we stitched them together to see that in action.

While these animations have simple, generic names like “copying_animation_tablet”, a closer look reveals that each contains the codename “Tangor”. We’ve previously reported that Tangor is the internal codename for Google’s Pixel tablet, due out next year.

From this we conclude that the new animations were designed with the intention of being used with the Pixel tablet. However, a review of the app’s code reveals that the data recovery tool will display the same animations on any device with a screen DPI of at least 600, meaning they’re not exclusive to the Pixel tablet.

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