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Google intends to introduce directional tracking functionality in the 'Find My Device' app

The 'Find My Device' app, aimed at assisting users in locating their lost or stolen Android phones, is undergoing significant enhancements with new features. While the app previously relied on Bluetooth and nearby devices for tracking, it lacked precise directional tracking. However, recent updates hint at a transformation with the incorporation of advanced augmented reality (AR) features and support for ultra-wideband (UWB) technology.

In version v3.1.078-1 of the app, evidence discovered by 9to5Google suggests that Google intends to introduce directional tracking functionality. Several lines of code indicate that 'Find My Device' will leverage Google Play Services for augmented reality, enabling Android device cameras to overlay AR graphics for object location. This capability, already utilized by Samsung in its SmartThings app for SmartTags tracking, promises to enhance the tracking experience significantly.

Moreover, Android Authority has identified references to UWB utilization and related libraries in the latest update's code. Although not yet active in the application, the integration of UWB holds the potential to greatly enhance tracking accuracy. While traditional Bluetooth trackers may not benefit as much from these improvements, devices equipped with UWB, such as those from Samsung and Apple, will leverage the newfound directional capabilities.

In addition to AR and UWB support, the 'Find My Device' update also introduces a feature named 'Location History.' This feature enables users to view the "last known location" of an accessory, offering enhanced control including the ability to disable the feature when not required. Though a basic form of this functionality already exists, the update promises more detailed control and accessibility.

Lastly, the update includes improvements in the wording and clarity of descriptions, enhancing user understanding of various functions. These enhancements aim to streamline the user experience and make 'Find My Device' more intuitive and efficient for users.

Several lines of code indicate that 'Find My Device' will leverage Google Play Services for augmented reality
Several lines of code indicate that 'Find My Device' will leverage Google Play Services for augmented reality
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