(CHK) According to the latest Play System update, Google seems to be rolling out its own version of Apple’s Find My network for Android devices.
New Android feature will allow users to track their lost or stolen devices even when they are not connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and powered off.
Google seems to be preparing to launch its own version of Apple’s Find My network. According to Play System’s latest update, the update includes mention of a “privacy-focused framework” and encrypted last known location reports, which suggests the company is planning to Find my device network deployment plan for Android devices.
This network will allow users to track their lost or stolen Android devices even when they are not connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and powered off, similar to Apple’s Find My network for its products. Rumor has it in 2021 that Google is working on this type of network, but so far there hasn’t been much progress.
The updated Play System update includes some new features beyond the Find My Device network. These features include auto-archive apps when storage is low and support for Digital Car Keys for Xiaomi phones (previously only available on select Samsung and Pixel devices).
The update also allows Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 2 users to manage payment cards linked to the Google Wallet app through their wearable.
Google is improving its ID verification process by checking the quality of uploaded ID images. These changes are part of the Google Play Services v50.22 and Google Play Store v33.5 updates. The Google Play Services update was released on December 15, and the Google Play Store update started rolling out on December 12.
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