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Google’s Find My Device Network Launched

Google has officially launched the highly anticipated Find My Device network, after it was first teased at last year’s I/O event.

This technology uses a network of over a billion Android devices to help assist with locating lost devices.

It has started rolling out today in the US and Canada, with a global release scheduled soon.

Once it’s installed, individuals can use the app to locate compatible Android phones and tablets.

It will make the devices ring on command, and their location will appear on a map. The map data works even if these devices are offline.

Pixel 8 and 8 Pro smartphones will appear on the map if they’re powered off, or if the battery is dead.

The technology is currently not available for everyday items, but it was revealed that this is coming soon.

Bluetooth tracker tags will be integrated into the app in May, allows users to locate pretty much everything, including car keys, purses, wallets, and hopefully, pets. Upcoming tags are being built specifically for the network.

In May, offerings from Pebblebee and Chipolo, including tags, clips, and slim wallet cards, will arrive on the network. Google has said more trackers, including Motorola and eufy, will arrive later this year.

This service also integrates with Nest smart home devices, meaning if the user loses something inside the home, Find My Device will locate the item relating to pre-existing Nest devices.

Finally, there’s a feature that allows the user to share the location of an item with others. Google said it will let people “easily divide and conquer if something goes missing.”

The new technology works on devices running Android 9 or later. Android 9 arrived in 2018, meaning a lot of people will gain access to the service.

For compatible products beyond Android and Bluetooth tags, Google says future software updates will allow the integration of a range of headphones from JBL and Sony.

And, when it comes to privacy concerns, Google has said users can opt out of the service via a web portal.

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