13 July 2021
Samsung unveiled its first-gen Bluetooth-powered location tracker device Galaxy SmartTag earlier this year. It managed to beat Apple for a commercial release as the latter is still rumored to announce its own AirTags later tonight. As we are waiting for that to happen, Samsung has announced a new software update that will make its offering even better than before.
There is no doubt that Galaxy SmartTag is a good way of keeping a track of your items and even pets but they also raise a very crucial privacy concern. There is always a possibility that someone might sneak one of these devices into your bag or something and start stalking your whereabouts in real-time. This is where the new SmartThings app update comes into the picture as it will now alert you about unknown Galaxy SmartTags (if any) around you.
This new feature is called Unknown Tag Search and works exactly the way the name suggests. You will simply need to press the Start button and it will begin the scanning process. It will show all unknown SmartTag devices in the form of a list that you can browse and check if you are being followed secretly. Samsung has further taken the opportunity to assure users that all of the user data collected by the app is encrypted. It is also protected through a randomized ID that changes every 15 minutes so that the data can only be read by the device owner.
There is one more feature coming to the Galaxy SmartTag devices. It is the ability to perform hands-free and voice-activated searches to look for where your tagged items are. Both of these features will become available after the Galaxy SmartThings app update which is a companion app for these smart location and item trackers.