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Google has launched Find My Device, a network that can search even turned off phones

Google has launched Find My Device, a network that can search even turned off phones
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After extensive testing, Google has finally launched its long-awaited Find My Device network. This technology uses a crowdsourcing network of over a billion Android devices to help people find lost gadgets. The basic functionality of this solution is similar to offerings from Apple and Tile.

After installation, users can use the app to locate compatible Android phones and tablets. The tool will make devices ring at the user's command, and their location will appear on the map. This map data works even when devices are offline. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones will appear on the map even if they are turned off or the battery is completely discharged.

Google already has the Find My Device service, which only allows authorized devices through a Google account. The Find My Device network has broader capabilities – users will be able to help other Android users find their lost or stolen devices. And soon, the list of supported devices will expand even further.

This technology is not yet available for everyday items, but it will be soon. Bluetooth tracker tags from Chipolo and Pebblebee will be integrated into the Find My Device app in May. This will allow users to find anything, including car keys, wallets, and even lost pets. Future tags are being specifically created for the network. Pebblebee offerings include tags, clips, and slim wallet cards. They will be available for sale at the end of May or early June. Chipolo is creating versions of its One Point and Card Point trackers for Android devices, which will be available in May. Google says that later this year, more trackers will be released, including Motorola and eufy products.

The Google Find My Device service also integrates with Nest smart home gadgets. If you lose something in your home, the Find My Device app will show you the location of that item relative to existing Nest devices. This should help provide a "simple starting point" to find what is lost.

There is also a feature that allows you to share the location of an item with other people, so friends and family can keep track of valuable items.

The new tracking technology works on devices running Android 9 (released in 2018) and higher. Initially, users in the US and Canada will be able to use the new Google Find My Device network, with a global release coming soon.

Source: Engadget

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