Be it Google’s Find My Device, Apple’s Find My, or Samsung’s SmartThings Find, device locating technologies play a major role in our day-to-day life in finding our misplaced gadgets. Today, Apple is hosting its “Spring Loaded event where it’ll announce the long-rumored tracking device AirTags. But ahead of that, South Korean giant Samsung has announced that its already launched location network has crossed over 70 million “helper” devices. The company also announced two new features for the SmartThings Find service.
According to the official Samsung blog, the current Samsung Find network is now comprised of over 70 million helper devices. The company calls it “one of the fastest growing location services in the world” as there are over 700 million eligible Galaxy users that can participate. The current network has now reached over 10% of the total eligible users. To those of you who are unaware of SmartThings Find, it is a service from Samsung to locate Galaxy devices such as phones, tablets, watches, and earbuds through BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and UWB (Ultra-wide Band) technologies. It was launched back in October 2020.
Samsung Also Announces Two New Features
Apart from the expansion of the SmartThings Find service, Samsung has also announced two new features, one of them being an “Unknown Tag Search.” This feature will detect and list Galaxy SmartTags that are not necessarily yours but are moving near you. This means that you’ll now be able to detect unknown SmartTags moving around you. As per Samsung, this new capability is meant to “ensure nobody is secretly tracking your location.”
Second, the tech giant has also done a new Bixby integration where users can do a hands-free search for named SmartTags. Both of these features will be rolling out next week for SmartThings app users through an application update.