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Android to use crowd-source to track lost phones as Apple’s ‘Find My Device’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Based on Apple’s Find My network concept, Google is also developing a network where all the Android devices will be connected within a network allowing each other to trace, locate and identify and enabling Android phone owners to search for their lost or misplaced device.

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Notably, all the Apple devices support the strong Find My network to trace lost devices including Macbooks, iPhones, iPods, and even the newly launched AirTag trackers. While, Samsung also has its SmartTags that uses a crowd-sourced network of devices as Apple does. Now, as a report suggests, Google is working on a similar crowd-sourced network to locate lost objects.

As per reports, Google is working on a network of Android phones. The company is developing a new technology, a global expansion of Android Earthquake Alert system. The report has revealed a hidden code found in the latest version of the Google Play Services 21.24.13 in the beta channel. There are two parts to this hidden code, the first says “Allow your phone to help located your and other people’s devices” and the second says “Find My Device network”.

The latest feature will allow Android phones to be located even if the misplaced phone is powered off. The previous Find My Device version could only find phones which are switched on and are connected to an active internet via mobile data or Wi-Fi.

As per the latest Google Play Services beta update, there will be an option to join the network or opt out of it, it will be your choice. Google is yet to officially release the update. The latest feature will be able to solve the problem with tracking a lost Android phone without any active internet, mobile data or Wi-Fi connectivity.

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The internet giant is also working on the expansion of the Android Earthquake Alert system which will be rolled out globally later this year. The new Android Earthquake Alert system will use accelerometers on Android smartphones to detect seismic waves which primarily indicate an earthquake. So, if an Android phone detects any such kind of irregular motion, like shaking or vibrations, it will be sending a signal to Google’s earthquake detection server.

There is also something called Spot as well, which uses encryption and gets refreshed at specific intervals. Android phones have always been vulnerable to attacks and known for poor privacy, but Google lately has been focusing much on user privacy and experience.

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