Google Find my Device network – Bluetooth tracker integration
Google is working on a Find my Device network, similar to Apple’s Find my Phone. So far, Find my Device has been able to remotely ring or lock your smartphone while it is active. However, as soon as there is no reception, Find my Device no longer has access either. That should change with the network, for which there were some details in August.
Find my Device network gets support for Bluetooth trackers
Apple released the Android app Tracker Detect last year. This allows Android phones to detect nearby Apple Air tags. Manufacturer Tile has also recently had a similar function. Now Android seems to be planning something similar with the Find My Device network.
Google has been working on the function in Google Play Services since mid-March. Version 12/22/13 references “Unfamiliar Device Alerts” and an “Unfamiliar Tag Detected Notification” for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) tags:
- Warning for unknown devices
- Unfamiliar tag notification detected
This is followed by three types of tags:
- Finder tag
- tile tag
Tile is obvious here, ATag is likely a reference to the Apple Air Tags. The finder tag is still unclear.
Once a tag has been identified by your Android device, you may be able to ring it:
- Note: You may not be able to call the tag if its ID has recently changed
So far, Bluetooth tracker detection is still in the early stages of development. Apple’s Android app for detecting AirTags and Tile’s solution require users to manually start a scan of nearby trackers. The automatic detection in the background does not yet work like it does with the iPhone.
Whether the Android detection of trackers will be a scanner or something else is still unclear. Also whether there will be a cooperation between Google, Apple, Tile, Samsung or other tag manufacturers.