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Google makes its Find My Device network better in the US and Canada.

Google announced on Monday that it is launching its upgraded Find My Device network in the U.S. and Canada. Utilizing a vast network of over a billion Android devices, Find My Device offers assistance in locating misplaced Android devices and everyday items. The Find My Device Network is compatible with Android devices running Android 9 and above, similar to Apple’s Find My Network.

Through the utilization of the Find My Device network, users can conveniently locate their Android phones and tablets, even in offline scenarios. Users can achieve this by activating a ringing feature or by accessing a map that displays the precise location. Previously, Google’s Find My Device service necessitated lost phones being connected to the internet for location tracking. Users of Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will be able to locate their devices even when they are power off or have a depleted battery thanks to the enhanced network.

In May, Android users will have the ability to conveniently locate their everyday items, such as keys or wallets. Google is integrating Bluetooth tracker tags from Chipolo and Pebblebee into the Find My Device app. Google declares that they will exclusively design the tags for the Find My Device network. On both Android and iOS, they will be able to work with unknown tracker alerts, providing protection against unwanted tracking. Later this year, users can anticipate the release of compatible tags from Motorola, Jio, and Eufy. On Monday, Apple and Google made an announcement regarding their joint effort to address the issue of unwanted tracking from Bluetooth devices. This initiative aims to alert users about such tracking.

The new Find My Device network seamlessly integrates with Nest smart home gadgets, providing valuable information about the proximity of a lost device to home Nest devices.

In a recent blog post, Erik Kay, Google’s VP of Engineering, emphasized the default security and privacy features of Find My Device. Multiple layers of security measures equip the Find My Device network, ensuring your safety and protecting your personal information. Additionally, it allows you to maintain control over the devices connected to the network. This feature provides end-to-end location data encryption and aggregated device location reporting. It is a unique safety measure that enhances protection against undesired tracking of personal or private locations.

According to Google, the Find My Device network will soon be compatible with headphones from JBL, Sony, and other brands.

Juliet P.
Author: Juliet P.

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