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Google alert: New Android feature’s launch date revealed

Google alert: New Android feature’s launch date revealed

Google is preparing to launch its own item-finding network called Find My Device. 

Similar to Apple‘s (NASDAQ: AAPL) Find My network, this system will allow Android users to locate lost smartphones, trackers, headphones, and other compatible accessories, even if they are offline, according to 9to5Google report on April 4.

This launch comes with good news for iPhone users as well. Leaked information suggests iOS 17.5 will allow iPhones to detect trackers from other manufacturers, not just Apple’s AirTags. 

This means users will be alerted if an unknown tracker is found in their nearness, along with instructions on how to disable it.

Key features and launch details of Google’s Find My Device network

The Find My Device network boasts some key features. It can locate devices even when they’re offline. Also, it extends beyond smartphones, working with Fast Pair accessories like headphones and Bluetooth trackers.

Reports suggest a launch between Sunday, April 7th, and, more likely, Monday, April 8th. 

In the meantime, Google has been emailing select users, highlighting the benefits and offering an early opt-out option. 

It’s important to note that opting out seems tied to the user account, affecting all your Android devices, and joining the network appears automatic by default.

Collaboration to prevent misuse

Security concerns caused a delay in the launch of Google’s Find My Device network. 

Reports of Apple AirTags being misused for stalking prompted Google and Apple to collaborate on industry-wide standards. Their focus: ensuring user safety through protocols similar to AirTag’s anti-stalking alerts. 

This collaboration extends beyond the Find My Device launch. Apple’s upcoming iOS 17.5 update will include features to detect third-party trackers, notifying iPhone users of their presence.

Advancing user safety

The launch of Google’s Find My Device network alongside Apple’s iOS update with improved tracker detection signifies a collaborative effort to enhance user safety and anti-stalking measures. 

This cross-platform functionality, with features like offline location tracking and third-party tracker detection, promises a more secure future for personal belongings and user privacy. 

However, it is sensible to acknowledge the privacy considerations associated with such comprehensive location-tracking functionalities. 

As Google’s proactive user communication suggests, transparency and user control will be paramount in ensuring the success of this initiative.

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