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Android will get an answer to Apple AirTags. Here’s how UWB location tech works


Apple has patented the use of UWB, or ultra wideband, to recognize when you’re approaching your car, unlock its doors and govern when you can turn it on. You’ve heard of wireless standards like Wi-Fi , Bluetooth and 5G . Now it’s time to learn another term: ultra wideband, or UWB. The technology lets you pinpoint the location of phones , key fobs and tracking tags, helping you find a lost dog but also automatically unlocking your car. And now it’s the foundation to the new Tile Ultra tracking tag , an Android compatible alternative to Apple’s $29 AirTag trackers .

Tile announced the Ultra tag on Tuesday, saying it’ll ship in early 2022 but not revealing a price. Google’s new Android 12 smartphone software supports UWB, and Google said it’s been cooperating with Tile on the technology. Samsung’s SmartTags Plus work with Samsung phones but not iPhones. Get the CNET TVs, Streaming and Audio newsletter

Smartphone leaders Apple and Samsung have built UWB into their high-end models, including the iPhone 11 , iPhone 12 , iPhone 13 , Galaxy Note 20 Ultra , Galaxy S21 Plus and S21 Ultra . The Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 7 also […]

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