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Google finally launches its new Find My Device feature globally. Here’s how it works

Google has officially launched its Find My Device network for Android devices, as announced by the tech giant’s VP of Engineering, Erik Kay, in a blog post.

Initially introduced last year at Google I/O, this feature has been rolled out globally after undergoing development.

Similar to the Find My iPhone feature, Google’s Find My Device feature uses a crowdsourced network of over a billion Android devices to locate misplaced smartphones and accessories.

One of the key functionalities of this network is its ability to locate devices even when offline, without internet connectivity.

Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro users can even locate their devices if they are powered off or have dead batteries, which can be particularly useful in theft cases. The Find My Device network includes a “Find nearby” button to pinpoint the device’s exact location.

Moreover, Google announced compatibility with Bluetooth tracker tags from Chipolo and Pebblebee, allowing users to track items like keys, wallets, or bags.

This feature will be available starting in May, with plans to integrate Bluetooth tags from Eufy, Motorola, and Jio later in the year.

The network will also integrate with Google Nest, displaying a lost device’s proximity to Nest devices to aid in locating it.

Users can share an accessory’s location with family and friends, and Bluetooth tags enable sharing items like house keys or TV remotes among family members.

Google’s top priorities are Privacy and data protection, with the network featuring multi-layered protection mechanisms.

End-to-end encryption of location data and aggregated device location reporting prevent unauthorized tracking of devices. The app is compatible with devices running Android 9 or later, ensuring widespread accessibility while safeguarding user privacy.

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