“SmartThings Find” tracks lost Galaxy devices

Samsung unveiled SmartThings Find, an application that uses a variety of technologies to locate your device, even if there is no cellular or wireless network signal.

This feature expands the capabilities of Samsung’s Find My Mobile app by allowing users to locate their Samsung smartphones, in addition to any Galaxy brand tablets, or (Galaxy Buds) or (Galaxy Watch).

The feature was launched last month as an experiment in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea, but Samsung says: The feature is now ready for a global launch, while also noting that access may vary depending on the market and the carrier.

The feature uses a combination of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Ultra Wideband (UWB) services, cellular communications, and wireless network connections to identify devices, and is available on devices running Android 8 or later.

Once users register for the service, they can use it to track Galaxy devices even when the devices are not connected to any mobile network.

And if the device is offline for 30 minutes, it sends a signal that other Bluetooth devices can receive, even if it hasn’t been paired, noting that all data is fully encrypted.

The SmartThings Find application shows users the location of their devices via the map, just like similar services, such as the (Find My) program from Apple.

Once the user gets close enough, he can then issue a “ring” command from his device to help locate it, or use the augmented reality feature that Samsung says displays colorful graphics that increase in intensity when you get close to your device.

Samsung says: The service is available worldwide as of this week as an update for Galaxy smartphones and tablets running Android 8 or later.

The service is currently limited to Galaxy devices, but Samsung says: It will be able (SmartThings Find) to identify any tracking tags as of early next year, likely in reference to the tracking devices (SmartThings LTE), which the company launched in 2018.

This extends the service’s ability to track whatever item or object you have attached a tag to.

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