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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’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in the case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.

When setting up a new Android device — with the exception of brands like Samsung that have their own way to copy data — Google’s Data Restore Tool makes it straightforward and easy to copy messages, apps, and more from another Android phone. And, with the recent launch of the Switch to Android app on iOS, Data Restore Tool can also copy over that same data from an iPhone.

This week, a new Data Restore Tool update began rolling out via the Play Store, bringing it to version 1.0.455404737. Inside the update, we’ve found six new animations that the app will show when you’re copying data onto a new Android tablet.

The main difference in these animations, in comparison to the existing ones, is that the one of the devices shown is resized to look like a tablet rather than a phone. The animations are also meant to flow together, and as such, we’ve stitched them together to see that in action.

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

From this, we gather that the new animations were designed with the intention of being used with the Pixel tablet. That said, an inspection of the app’s code reveals that the Data Restore Tool will show these 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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