The Android Find My Device functionality of Android may soon be enhanced to more closely match that of Apple’s Find My network. 9to5Google found evidence of what it calls Spot on an API teardown of the latest release of Google Play services. By enabling the feature, Android’s settings menu will now have a “Find My Device network” toggle.
The Android operating system includes a feature called Find My Device, which makes use of WiFi or cellular connections to locate your phone if you’ve lost it. With Find My Network from Apple, Bluetooth capability and ultra-wideband connectivity are added to the mix.
If you lose your Apple or third-party device, nearby iOS devices can broadcast a short-range signal which Apple’s servers can use to help you find it.
Google adding Bluetooth detection on its Find My Device Service
Google also appears to be planning to build out a similar network. There is no commitment from the company on how extensive the platform will be in practice if it proceeds with the project. For instance, will it work with devices made by all manufacturers of Android and Wear OS or just Google’s own devices?
It is also unclear how you will interact with the network. According to 9to5 Google, the company will release a Spot app as well, but the website was unable to determine the software’s exact purpose.
It is important to note that Spot isn’t guaranteed to be released by Google as we’ve learned in other APK teardowns. While at the same time, it would not be out of the ordinary for Find My Device to be updated as such.
As a matter of fact, it did the same thing with Android Beam and eventually released Nearby Share. Google has not yet responded to our request for comment, but we’ll update this article once we hear back from it.