Google has finally launched the new global Find My Device network for Android

Google has finally launched the new global Find My Device network for Android

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As expected last week, Google has officially announced that it will finally launch the long-awaited Find My Device network for Android, which works even with devices not connected to the internet.

This will be rolled out directly to devices running Android 9 and newer versions, worldwide, starting from the United States and Canada today.

The network will encompass over a billion devices, making it very easy to locate your device, even when they are not connected to the internet.

As a bonus for Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones, they can be tracked even when turned off or when the battery runs out, thanks to some “specialized Pixel devices.”

Google has finally launched the new global Find My Device network for Android

Starting in May, new Bluetooth tracking tags from Chipolo and Pebblebee will be available, and their location can be pinpointed in the Find My Device app, as they are specifically designed for the new Find My Device network.

They will also be compatible with unknown tracking alerts across both Android and iOS, to protect against unwanted tracking.

Additional Bluetooth tags from Anker’s eufy, Jio, and Motorola will arrive later this year.

If you are near a lost device but still unable to see it, a “Search Nearby” button will appear to help you locate it exactly near you. This will work with the mentioned new Bluetooth tags from May onwards.

If you have Nest devices at home, the Find My Device app can determine the proximity of the lost device from those Nest devices.

Finally, you can also ‘share’ devices with people, so you can find them more easily if they are lost.

Google says it has implemented “multi-layered protection measures” in the new Find My Device network to help maintain your security and privacy of personal information.

Location data is encrypted end-to-end, for example, while reporting the device’s location is a “first-of-its-kind security feature” that provides additional protection against unwanted tracking to home or specific locations.

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