Google is currently developing an Android app similar to the Find My app built into iPhones. This application, still under development in the corridors of Mountain View, should make it possible to track a lost smartphone with great precision.
For several years, Apple has allowed its users to locate all of their devices through the Find My app, an app built by default on iPhone, iPad and MacBook. Recently, the Californian giant has also made it possible to find traces of an everyday object, such as a pair of keys, a wallet or a backpack, thanks to an AirTag tag .
If there is no bluetooth connection, this app uses the network made up of all Apple devices around the world to accurately locate lost devices. This process works with all brand devices and with AirTag trackers.
WILL GOOGLE LAUNCH AIRTAGS FOR ANDROID SMARTPHONES?
While digging through the code of beta version 21.24.13 of Google Play Services, our colleagues from XDA Developer discovered several clues showing that Google is working on a similar Android application . One line of code reads: “allow your phone to help you locate your devices and those of other people” . To locate other Android smartphones, Google obviously takes advantage of the Google services built into most phones on the market.
Not surprisingly, the application described goes further than the Find my device app offered by Google on the Play Store . This very practical app only allows you to track down a smartphone linked to your Google account and lock it remotely. It is not able to deploy a network capable of locating the terminals of other users. The application mentioned in the beta rather evokes a network similar to that developed by Apple.
Under these conditions, can we expect Google to launch an Android alternative to Apple’s AirTags ? The Mountain View giant would also aim to add Ultra Wideband technology to its smartphones, starting with the Pixel 6 . Already present on AirTag and iPhone, Ultra Wide Band allows in particular to locate with extreme precision a phone or an object . So it’s not impossible that Google has started working on its own tag.