Google Rolls Out ‘Find My Device’ Globally for Android Phones, Works Offline

Confirming earlier speculations, Google has officially announced the launch of its highly anticipated revamped Find My Device network for Android. This update introduces the ability to track devices offline and will be gradually rolled out worldwide, starting with devices running Android 9 and later. Initially, the launch will focus on the US and Canada, with expansion to more countries expected later this year.

With over a billion devices integrated into the network, the new Find My Device will simplify device tracking, even when offline. Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro users will have an advantage as their devices can be tracked even when turned off or with low battery, thanks to specialized Pixel hardware enhancements. However, this feature may not be available on older Pixel phones or devices from other manufacturers, at least for now.

Chipola and Pebble bee are set to introduce new Bluetooth tracker tags designed for seamless integration with the Find My Device app’s network, scheduled for release in May. These tags will also support compatibility with unknown tracker alerts across Android and iOS platforms, providing protection against unauthorized tracking.

Additionally, a “Find nearby” button will be introduced to help users locate lost devices within close proximity. This feature will work with upcoming Bluetooth tags from Chipolo, Pebblebee, and other manufacturers starting in May, offering added convenience and efficiency in device recovery.

For users with Nest devices, the Find My Device app will utilize integration to accurately determine the proximity of lost devices to Nest devices. Users will also be able to share devices with others to facilitate easier tracking.

Device manufacturers like JBL and Sony will soon release software updates to enable their devices to join Google’s Find My Device network for effortless tracking.

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