Google’s Find My Network app for Android resembles Apple’s

Another beta version of the Google Play Services app provides additional information on how Google’s “Find My Device” network will help you find your lost items. Google is working to expand its “Find My Devices” network so you’ll never lose your Android device again. Sam Rutherford for Gizmodo People definitely need a way to find lost items, which explains the unexpected influx of Bluetooth tracking gadgets. However, companies develop powerful networks to track your gadgets, including your automobiles, behind the scenes. Apple’s Discover My network, which uses Find My-enabled devices like iPhones to help you find your stuff, is both convenient and terrifying. Google is currently investigating an item tracking system based on its huge network of Android devices.

Going deeper into Find My Devices, we also discover the possibility of “sharing” the ownership of a smartphone or tablet. This is especially useful if you run a small business with distributed devices or are a parent with a child who tends to leave things behind. Find My Device will let you see the location of the shared device, and linked Android devices will ring if they spot the device on the network. For pipeline cars made with Android Automotive in the dashboard, Find My Device might have the ability to lock a vehicle if stolen. The app can delete the account remotely if there is no hope of recovering the car. There also appears to be an option to erase an existing account if the car has been offline for a while.

I need a phone with a headphone jack! What gadget should I buy? According to 9to5Google, which dug deeper into the app package and reported on the results, it looks like Google will be offering a Find My Device app on Android that will let you mark a smartphone or tablet as missing. Any Android devices that pass by will search for that missing device via Bluetooth, as will Apple’s Find My app, which passively pings Apple devices that have opted into the Find My network to help you find things. You’ll receive notifications when the device in question is spotted by other phones and tablets pinging the network, and it will do so without exposing any identifiable information. The app is allowed to force the missing device to ring so that it can be located by anyone who might be looking at it, like listening to your car alarm in a crowded multi-storey car park.

There are few details on how the Find My Device network might differ from Apple’s Find My network. A previous report from 9to5Google found mentions in another APK linked to a network called “Spot”. It would use a rotating encryption key to ping available devices without exposing the device making the connection. Spot uses the Eddystone protocol, which Google worked on years ago for “proximity beacon messages,” or what some might recall as nearby notifications. It’s a byproduct of a vintage Google focused on a physical web rather than a cloud. But spambots eventually took over Spot, which is why Google removed access to nearby notifications access in 2018. The question is whether Google’s network would be able to locate your device with more accuracy due to the large number of Android devices in the world. It’s also unclear whether the network of devices would extend to some of Google’s other Android-adjacent devices, namely Chrome OS, which would also help you find your missing laptop.

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