Tile was the first to launch a custom geolocation network using Bluetooth LE, which allowed service members to find each other’s lost belongings. Apple has added the same technology to its Find My Phone service, which can now report the discovery of other people’s lost devices.
The same networks are proposed to be deployed to track the contacts of people infected with COVID-19, which caused great concern among specialists about violation of privacy principles. Now for hundreds of millions of users of its smartphones offers the same technology Samsung. They will be able to enter the system for “offline search”, which will not only help to find a lost phone, but also allow them to become members of the general search network.
Samsung explains: “This will allow other devices Galaxy detect your phone even if it is not connected to the network. It will also enable you to use your phone to find lost Galaxy devices.that may be nearby. The technology will help you find your watch and headphones if it was the last device they connected to. “
It follows from the explanation that such a search will work for phones, but not directly for watches and headphones, although these devices are easier to lose. It looks like the feature doesn’t require an OS update to work, but it’s not clear how widespread the service will be and whether it will end up being useless if too few users are interested.
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