Android will get ultra-wideband support for smarter item trackers and car keys

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra informal

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  • Google is within the early phases of including native ultra-wideband support to Android.
  • It may allow smarter item trackers, car keys and different direction-sensitive options.
  • It’s not sure this will be prepared for Android 12.

Android doesn’t have sturdy support for ultra-wideband (UWB) like iPhones do — you at the moment want a Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, and Xiaomi’s plans for it are nonetheless within the early phases. Google may make the know-how extra accessible, nevertheless, as XDA has found that the corporate is laying the groundwork for an ultra-wideband programming interface in Android.

Details of how the ultra-wideband API would work stay scarce, however Google hints that it might be used for directional and distance cues such as you see in present UWB implementations, similar to Samsung’s SmartThings Find.

Read extra: The best Samsung SmartThings devices

You is perhaps ready some time to see ultra-wideband change into comparatively commonplace. XDA famous that there’s no assure the framework will be prepared for Android 12, or that the Pixel 6 will support UWB even when it’s a part of the upcoming working system. It’s additionally as much as third-party distributors to undertake the tech, and support is perhaps inconsistent.

Still, this may very well be an essential growth. Ultra-wideband on Android may allow smarter item trackers that inform you precisely the place to look to seek out your misplaced pockets. It may also be essential for the subsequent technology of digital car keys. You may solely should level your cellphone on the door to step inside.

Ultra-wideband may also be used to refine present Android options. You may see simpler, direction-based file sharing like Apple affords with AirDrop on newer iPhone fashions. It may also assist with positioning, notably indoors. While UWB continues to be younger sufficient that its potential is unclear, there could be some instant benefits if Android distributors undertake it comparatively rapidly.


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