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Google develops an Android version of the Locate iPhone app

Google is currently developing an Android app similar to the iPhone-enabled Locate app. This app, still under development in the corridors of Mountain View, should allow tracking a lost smartphone with great precision.

For several years, Apple has been allowing its users to locate all their devices through the Locate app, a default app for iPhone, iPad and MacBook. Recently, the Californian giant has also made it possible to find the trace of an everyday object, such as a pair of keys, a wallet or a backpack, thanks to an AirTag tag.

If you don’t have a Bluetooth connection, this app uses the network of all Apple devices around the world to accurately locate lost devices. This process works with all of the brand’s devices and with the AirTag trackers.


By searching through the code of the beta version 21.24.13 of Google Play Services, our colleagues at XDA Developer discovered several clues showing that Google is working on an analog Android app. One line of code says, “Allow your phone to help you locate your devices and those of others”. To locate other Android smartphones, Google is visibly taking advantage of Google services embedded in most phones in the market.

Not surprisingly, the app described goes further than the Find My Device app offered by Google on the Play Store. This app, which is very convenient, only allows you to track a smartphone linked to your Google account and lock it remotely. It is not able to deploy a network capable of locating the terminals of other users. The application mentioned in the beta rather evokes a network similar to the one developed by Apple.

In these conditions, can we expect Google to launch an Android alternative to Apple AirTags? The Mountain View giant would also like to add Ultra Wideband technology to its smartphones, starting with the Pixel 6. Already present on AirTag and iPhone, the Ultra Broadband makes it possible to locate a phone or an object with extreme precision. So it’s not impossible that Google started working on its own tag.

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