Google working to compete with Apple s device-location - Big News Network
|Big News Network 20 Jun 2021 at 09:16|
Washington [US], June 20 (ANI): American technology giant Google might be working on turning Android phones into a hivemind capable of finding lost devices, similar to what Apple s Find My network does.
According to The Verge, a toggle for this new feature recently showed up in a beta version of Google Play Services, with code referencing the ability for phones to help locate other devices, potentially signalling that Android phones could soon become easier to find.
Google s own support page says, the current Find My Device system can only find phones that are powered on, have a data or Wi-Fi signal, and have location services enabled.
At this early stage, it s quite unclear as to which, if any, of those limitations the relay network feature, apparently called Spot, would solve, but when one is looking for a lost phone, any advantage is good to have.
As per Mashable, there is also a setting that would allow users to turn off the feature, making it so their phone wouldn t help locate other devices.
Given the limited information, it s unclear whether the Find My Device network will be able to find things other than phones, like Apple s Find My network or Samsung s Galaxy Find network are capable of doing. Because this an unpacked code from a Beta release, there is a chance that these changes might never see an actual public release.
Notably, Google has other projects that involve using a network of Android phones, like its earthquake detection feature. While the implementation is different, the underlying concept is likely very similar.
There are more than 3 billion active Android devices, which is a large crowd to source information from, be it their accelerometer data, or the location of a misplaced phone. (ANI)