Android 15 could allow devices to be tracked even when switched off

location tracking settings in Android

What you have to know 

  • Android 15 is anticipated to introduce a Powered Off Finder API.
  • This API will allow appropriate gadgets to be tracked even when switched off.
  • The characteristic is anticipated to be accessible on the Google Pixel 9 sequence, and the Pixel 8 sequence.

Google has been onerous at work on its Discover My Gadget community however has not but made the system extensively accessible to customers. Nonetheless, latest stories recommend {that a} Powered Off Finder API will likely be a standout characteristic of Android 15 when it rolls out, most certainly within the second half of 2024.

As reported by Android Police, the characteristic will enable appropriate telephones to be situated even when they’re switched off. The system works by permitting the handset to broadcast Bluetooth beacons to different Android gadgets which can be a part of the Discover My Gadget community. The receiving gadgets will then encrypt and add the machine’s location, transmitting the beacon to Google’s server and permitting the machine’s proprietor to see the place it’s.

In line with the report, this characteristic will solely work on gadgets with particular {hardware} help that permits them to energy the Bluetooth controller even when the telephone is shut down. For that motive, it is not going to work on all Android gadgets.

It’s anticipated that the Google Pixel 9 sequence would be the first appropriate handset to profit from this characteristic. However apparently, it additionally seems that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Professional can even be capable of help the API, in addition to the upcoming Pixel 8a. Older gadgets, together with the Pixel 7 sequence and the Pixel Fold, don’t seem to have the required software program help to function Powered Off Discovering.

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This could make sense; again in April 2023, we reported that Google was engaged on a Discover My Gadget characteristic. Google even introduced the characteristic at I/O 2023, stating it could arrive “later this summer season.” At that time, it was believed that the characteristic was being designed to work with the Pixel 8 when it launched later that 12 months.

The discharge of Powered Off Discovering was subsequently pushed again whereas Google and Apple collaborated to unravel the issue of undesirable location monitoring. Whereas Google provides unknown tracker alerts that may detect Bluetooth trackers, together with AirTags, an equal doesn’t presently exist on iOS. In the intervening time, Apple gadgets can detect AirTags however can’t detect trackers that aren’t linked to Apple’s Discover My community.  

Google and Apple have been working collectively since Could 2023 to create a joint specification primarily based on Detecting Undesirable Location Trackers (DULT). The hope is that Android gadgets will quickly begin to profit from this characteristic. 

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