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- Google is reportedly working on UWB technology for what could be a Pixel 6 serial phone.
- UWB is already available in newer iPhones and Galaxy devices.
- It allows for more accurate location tracking and more hassle-free communication.
We’ve seen ultra-broadband (UWB) technology appear on several smartphones in recent times, such as Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy flagships. The technology enables more accurate location tracking and communication, and now it looks like Google may be joining the party as well.
Now, XDA developers editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman (h / t: 9to5Google) has tweeted that Google is testing Android 12’s UWB API on a device code called “Raven.” Rahman explains that Raven is the code name for a Google silicon-powered next-generation Pixel.
That XDA representative was unable to clarify whether Raven is Pixel 6, Pixel 6 XL or another Pixel device. There is also no clarity on what Google has in mind for UWB. When I say that, 9to5Google has seen open source Android 12 code showing that the system can determine the distance and approach angle between two UWB-based devices. It adds that UWB functionality is apparently limited to system apps right now.
We’ve seen both Apple and Samsung release UWB-powered tracker tags, essentially more accurate versions of Tile’s tracker tags. So it is possible that Google may also release its own trackers. But Samsung has also teamed up with carmakers to activate UWB car keys.
Xiaomi also demonstrated UWB-powered smart home functionality in October 2020, allowing users to simply point their phones at a UWB-equipped smart home device to interact with it. In a nice touch, the device’s control menus on the phone automatically change depending on which smart home gadget your phone is pointed at. And with Google’s stable smart speakers, smart screens, Nest security cameras and more, UWB seems like a sensible addition to more seamless controls.
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