APK shows Google can add “Find a network of devices”

APK shows Google can add "Find a network of devices"

When Apple added AirTags to its ecosystem this year and updated other features of its “Find My” network, it made the entire “Find My” feature much more marketable. It has been said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, and this rings very true with a recent indication that Google may be working on its own “search device network”.

Apple Find Me Upgrades

Apple started with its “Find My iPhone” app, and over the years it has evolved into “Find My” once it allowed users to find iPads, MacBooks, AirPods, Apple Watches, and more. Earlier this year, it was announced that third-party devices associated with Apple can now be found as well.

Shortly after this news, Apple released AirTags, its tracking devices similar to the Tile. Of course, the devices can be found with “Find My”. The whole system has increased the dependence of Apple enthusiasts on the ecosystem.

The APK shows the possibility of Google “Find my network”

It looks like Google might have similar aspirations. An APK teardown shows that Google wants to create its own network of devices.

An APK is the file format used by Android to distribute and install applications. It contains program code, resources, certificates, etc.

When Google Play Services version 21.24.13 is released in beta, XDA Developers tore up the code and found these code strings which included the words: “Allows your phone to help you locate your and other people’s devices” and “Find my device network”.

Google Find Device Network Play Store

This string of code gives the impression that Google is working on a “Find a network for devices” for Android that would use Google Play services.

Note that although Google currently has a “Find my device” app on Google Play, it only finds devices that are signed in to your Google account. If Google sets up a “device search network”, this will also help you find your friends and family’s Android devices.

Other Recent Google Moves “Find Me”

A possible “Find My Network” isn’t the only time Google has plunged its toe into Apple’s “Find My” pool. In April, Google announced five changes to Google Assistant.

Google Find Device Nest Network

One of those changes is “Hey Google, find my iPhone”. IOS users who use Google Assistant can say this phrase, and a sound will ring on a lost phone to help them find it. This means that users can use a Nest or Home smart speaker to help them find their iPhones.

It looks like Google is trying to cover all of its bases with all phones. He wants you to use Google Assistant to find your iPhone instead of Apple’s system, which is definitely better than just ringing the bell. But now Google also wants to implement its own Apple-style “device search network”. Maybe Google sees this as a way to fight Apple when it comes to their ongoing popularity contest.

Read on to find out how to find out who has access to your location on Android.

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Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews and editorials, including over 10 years as a writer. She has used Apple products exclusively for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site’s sponsored review program.

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