23 June 2021
Google might be prepping an Android version of Apple’s “Find My” network. Well, this became apparent when sleuths over at XDA Developers discovered some related strings while doing the APK teardown of the Google Play Services version 21.24.13.
A couple of strings found inside the version suggest Google is building its own crowdsourced network of devices that will help track and locate lost devices. The discovered strings are “Allow your phone to help locate your and other people’s devices” and “Find My Device Network.” The inclusion of both these strings suggests that Google is working on a feature that could let others find your lost device as well, just like Apple’s Find My network service.
Google already has a “Find My Device” app to help you locate the lost items but the app can only find devices that are signed in to your Google account. But the discovered strings indicate Google will build a network of devices by leveraging Google Play Services available on every Android device to help locate your lost items.
It is currently unknown when this new capability will be turned on. Note that the folks spotted the change in the latest version of Google Play Services. It is possible that the discovered features never make it in a public release, or Google might also take more time to roll them out.
Google Find My Device | Android | Play Store, Free