Google’s Find My Device to Expand to Phones Turned Off, According to Reports

Google is said to be working on a new feature that would allow users to locate their lost or stolen smartphones, even when the device is turned off. The feature, which is reportedly similar to Apple’s AirTags or Find My feature, is expected to be released soon, with some rumors suggesting that it may be supported on existing Pixel devices or their modifications. According to a recent report by reliable tipster Kuba Wojciechowski (@Za_Raczke) from 91 Mobiles, the feature will be called “Pixel Power-off Finder,” at least on Google’s Pixel devices. The company is said to be creating a massive network of all Android devices, including locating tags similar to Apple AirTags and Google’s own tag codenamed “grogu.”

Massive Network of All Android Devices

Google is said to be working on creating a massive network of all Android devices. The network is expected to feature optional support or UWB, locating tags similar to Apple AirTags, and even including Google’s own tag codenamed “grogu” and others.

Early Source Code for Android 14

According to the 91 Mobiles report, Google has given early source code for Android 14 to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) registered in the Early Access Program (EAP). The precomputed Finger Network keys will be transferred to the device’s Bluetooth chip, which will help the chip remain active even when the phone is turned off, according to the code comments. The working is quite similar to what iPhones’ Find My feature does.

Nearby Share Feature

Google has also recently extended its Nearby Share feature to Windows PC devices. The feature was already available on Android phones and Chromebooks. It allows seamless transfer between two devices, much like Apple’s Airdrop feature.

File Transfers with Multiple Android Users

To use the Nearby Share function, both concerned devices sharing and receiving a file must be signed into the same Google account in order to accept file transfers automatically. Previously, Android users could only share files and links with their contacts (on an Android smartphone). With a later upgrade, users were able to share files with multiple Android users near them at the same time. The feature is currently introduced in only the beta version for Windows PCs.


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