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Google’s lost device tracking system will be just as effective as Samsung’s

Google's lost device tracking system will be just as effective as Samsung's

Google is upgrading its Find My Device service with the ability for people to locate a lost or stolen device even when it’s not online. The evidence referring to this feature is found in Google System Update Change in December 2022. It states “Find My Device now supports encrypted recent location reports for Android devices, using a new privacy-focused framework.

Currently, Find My Device can only track Android or Wear OS devices if they are connected to the Internet. The service allows you to remotely lock the device, sign out of the Google account on it, and even wipe the device. However, all these features only work if the device is connected to the internet. Also, once a device is remotely wiped, it can no longer be located. Unwanted people can get rid of Find My Device simply by formatting the device.

Google’s Find My Device could be as capable as Apple and Samsung in the future

Samsung’s SmartThings Find service is able to locate your Galaxy device Even if it is offline. The service works by connecting to a nearby Samsung device using Bluetooth and sending the location of the lost or stolen Samsung device to the owner. Although Samsung’s lost device tracking system isn’t as robust as Apple’s, it still is Find over 200 million nodes To help users find their device.

Similar to Samsung’s service, Apple’s Find My service is fully capable and fail-proof. If a lost or stolen Apple product is offline, Find My uses the device’s Bluetooth technology and automatically connects to other nearby Apple products. Then it sends the location of the device to the owner through nearby Apple devices. With millions of Apple devices around the world, Find My has a strong network, and that’s what makes it work.

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Google’s lost device tracking system can also come in handy for Galaxy owners

With the upgraded Find My Device feature, non-Android and Wear OS devices from Samsung will soon be able to talk to each other and allow people to easily find their lost or stolen devices. The beauty of Samsung and Apple’s device location service is that it’s end-to-end encrypted, which means that neither they nor the devices passing the information can see your device’s location. Google’s upcoming Find My network also seems to have the same feature.

Right now, there is no word on when Google will roll out Find My Device. By the way, it appears that the company is in the final stages of developing the service, which means it could launch very soon. Hopefully, Google will bundle it as part of the Android 14 package. Allowing the service to integrate into other devices may also lead to brands appearing with products like Samsung smart tag.