Google may be working on expanding Android’s Find My Device functionality to more closely match the capabilities of Apple’s Find My network. Perform an API teardown of the latest version of Play services, 9to5Google found evidence of an API called Spot. The point of sale enabled the feature to get a “My device’s search network” toggle to appear in Android’s settings menu.
As most Android users know, Google’s mobile operating system already includes a Find My Device feature that allows your phone to use Wi-Fi or a cellular connection to help you locate it if you have it. ‘have lost. Apple’s Find My Network raises the stakes by adding Bluetooth and Ultra wide band to the mixture. Lost apple and third-party devices can broadcast a short-range signal that nearby iOS devices then transmit to Apple’s servers to help you find your lost item.
At first glance, Google plans to create a similar network. If the company goes ahead with the project, it is not clear how extensive the resulting platform will be in practice. For example, will it work with devices from all Android and Wear OS manufacturers or only those made by Google? It is also not clear how you will interact with the network. 9to5Google believes Google will release an accompanying Spot app, although the website has not been able to determine the exact purpose of the software.
As with all APK teardowns, we’ll point out that there is no guarantee that Spot will materialize into something Google will release to the public. At the same time, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see the company evolve Find My Device in this way. After all, he did something similar with Android Beam and the eventual release of Sharing nearby. Regardless, we’ve reached out to Google for comment, and we’ll update this article when we hear from the company.
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