Report: Google is working on Find My Device feature for turned-off phones
Find My Device is a feature on Android devices to locate a missing device. The feature has quite a few requirements to work at all, including that location and Find My Device are turned on, that the device itself is powered on and connected to the Internet, and that the device is signed to a Google account.
A Report suggests that Google is working on an updated version of Find My Device, which works even when the phone is turned off. The feature has certain hardware requirements, and this makes it a feature for future devices more so than for existing devices.
Apple has created a powerful Find My Device feature that enables Apple customers to track company devices, including iPhones, iPads and Macs, even when the device is turned off or when they are not connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Interestingly enough, Samsung has also created a solution, called Smart Things Find, which helps customers locate devices even if they are offline. While that is not the same as finding a device that is turned off, it is more advanced than stock Android's current Find My device functionality.
Google, the leak suggests, is working on "building a huge network of Android devices" to assist with the feature, making use of features such as UWB, Ultra-Wideband, a radio technology.
Android 14, this year's release of the Android operating system, will include a new feature, hardware.google.bluetooth.power_off_finder, which adds the functionality to the operating system. This allows communication with the Bluetooth chip, even if the Android device itself is turned off at the time. The functionality is similar to that of Apple's iPhone.
The feature will work on Android devices that come with a Bluetooth chip that remains functionality even if the device itself is powered down. As for device support, most Android devices do not support the Bluetooth technology right now. Considering that Google is working on the feature, future Pixel devices will likely support it.
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