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Find My Device Network Launch Date Revealed: Androids to Get Offline Tracking Boost

Find My Device Network Launch Date Revealed: Androids to Get Offline Tracking Boost
Find My Device Network Launch Date Revealed: Androids to Get Offline Tracking Boost
After the feature’s settings began rolling out to select Android owners, Google has sent an email that includes a launch date for the Find My Device network.

Formally announced last year, Google’s Find My Device network is set to leverage the massive population of Android devices to help locate missing phones, headphones, and trackers. However, the network was delayed while Google and Apple worked together on an industry standard that would help ensure this location technology isn’t used to maliciously track someone else’s movements, something that was an issue for Android users following Apple’s launch of AirTag in 2021.

To the benefit of iPhone owners, Google held back the launch of its network so Apple could apply this protection in iOS, something that appears to have finally happened in iOS 17.5 (despite the standard having been ready since December 2023).

This week, things started looking like the Find My Device network would launch quite soon. All of the settings began appearing for those who enrolled in the Google Play Services beta. However, the feature itself did not seem to work.

Starting on Thursday morning, Google sent out an email blast to some users informing them that the Find My Device network would be launching soon. The company started by explaining the core advantages of the network:

With the new Find My Device network, you’ll be able to locate your devices even if they’re offline. You can also find any compatible Fast Pair accessories when they’re disconnected from your device. This includes compatible earbuds and headphones, and trackers that you can attach to your wallet, keys, or bike.

More importantly, in the closing paragraph of the email, Google clarifies that the network will launch “in three days.” That puts the Find My Device network launch on Sunday, April 7 or, more likely, Monday, April 8. That’s just short of a year after the initial announcement.

You’ll get a notification on your Android devices when this feature is turned on in 3 days. Until then, you can opt out of the network through Find My Device on the web.

That said, Google doesn’t appear to have sha
    

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