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Google working on an Android version of Apple's 'Find My Device' network

Google working on an Android version of Apples Find My Device network

New Delhi: Taking a cue from its rival Apple, Google is working on a "Find My Device" network leveraging Google Play Services to allow users to locate their phones and other people's devices.

The feature named 'Spot' has been spotted in the latest beta of Google Play Services that shows code "referencing the ability for phones to help locate other devices," reports 9to5 Google.

Although Google already has an app called "Find My Device" available on the Play Store, it can only find devices that are signed into your Google account.

If this "Find My Device" network goes live, then you'll be able to help other Android users locate their lost or stolen device.Google is reportedly working on a 'Find My Device' network that will help nearly three billion Android users locate their lost devices.

Currently, the beta version refers to helping find "other people's devices" and does not list what kind of devices like phones, tablets, watches and headphones.

The current 'Find My Device' system, described on Google's support page, can only find smartphones that are powered on, have a data or Wi-Fi signal, and have location services enabled.

However, the 'Spot' feature will help Android users find a lost phone without an internet signal too.

The Find My app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac makes it easy to locate missing Apple devices, as well as keep up with friends and family, all while protecting user privacy.

If a user ever loses their Apple device, the Find My app allows them to locate it on a map, play a sound to pinpoint its location, put it in Lost Mode to lock it immediately, and display a message with a contact number. It also lets them remotely erase the device in case it has fallen into the wrong hands.

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