Android might soon get its version of Apple’s ‘Find My’ service

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As we all know, Apple has a unique software ecosystem that allows the company to develop a massive crowdsourced network of devices called ‘Find My’. It helps to locate lost or missing items.

As the Cupertino giant has already demonstrated with its AirTags, Apple’s ‘Find My’ network can easily locate the tracker while also giving an additional Precision Finding feature to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 series. It is all made possible due to the presence of Ultra Wideband chips in smartphones.

However, it seems that Apple’s rival Google is now aiming to produce something similar to Apple’s ‘Find My’.

XDA found that in version 21.24.13 of Google Play Services, a string of code was added. It clearly shows that Google intends on working on a tracking feature that could be similar to Apple’s.

<string name=”mdm_find_device_network_description”>Allows your phone to help locate your and other people’s devices.</string>

<string name=”mdm_find_device_network_title”>Find My Device network</string>

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The ‘Find My Device network’ string reveals that a dedicated app could be used to locate your missing item in Google devices. So we can safely assume that such a feature might be added in the future, but it is not clear when Google plans on implementing this. Since we already know that Google will be officially unveiling its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, we can estimate that the service will be announced simultaneously.

the company has also announced that both these upcoming devices will have Ultra Wideband support, so there is a strong possibility that Google could proceed to incorporate additional features to make finding these smartphones and other handsets easier. For more information stay tuned.

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I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.

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