According to the latest Play System update, Google is launching its own version of Apple’s Find My network for Android devices. The network is expected to allow users to track their lost or stolen devices even if they are not connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and are powered off.
Google Find My Device Helps Track Your Lost Android Easier
Google seems to be preparing to launch its own version of Apple’s Find My network, according to the latest Play System update. The update includes mention of a “privacy centric framework” and encrypted last-known-location reports, which suggest that the company is planning to roll out its Find My Device network for Android devices.
This network would allow users to track their lost or stolen Android devices even if they are not connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and are powered off, similar to Apple‘s Find My network for its products. There were rumors in 2021 that Google was working on this type of network, but there hasn’t been much progress until now.
The updated Play System update includes a number of new features in addition to the Find My Device network. These features include automatic archiving of apps when storage space is low and Digital Car Key support for Xiaomi phones (previously available only on select Samsung and Pixel devices).
The update also allows Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 2 users to manage their payment cards linked to the Google Wallet app through their wearables.
Google is improving its ID verification process by checking the quality of ID images that are uploaded. 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.