At Google I/O, the tech giant may unveil its location tracker codenamed “Grogu”
Google has unveiled its long-anticipated location tracker, similar to other tracking devices like Apple’s AirTag and Samsung’s SmartTag. According to developer Kuba Wojciechowski, Google codenamed the product “Grogu”. It comes equipped with an onboard speaker for Bluetooth Low Energy and UWB support.
When Wojciechowski discovered that the Google developer hub included Fast Pair locator tags, he immediately knew that they were adding a tracking feature. With Android’s Fast Pair technology, connecting to Bluetooth devices is now easier than ever before.
While the details are not yet known, it is expected that Google’s tracker will function similarly to other tracking systems – allowing users to attach a device and track its location using their phones. Another unanswered question is if Google can produce an aesthetically pleasing experience as Apple’s AirTags have achieved.
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Wojciechowski states that both Pixel 6 Pro & 7 Pro are equipped with UWB modules which enable them to precisely direct people towards nearby objects without needing UWB technology; Bluetooth Low Energy should prove sufficient in this case.
Google has partnered with chipset makers to ensure the majority of Android phones have UWB support for Fast Pair, which could result in third-party trackers becoming part of a broader location network — something Apple is unlikely to permit.
Wojciechowski predicts that Google will announce its new product around May 2023 at the Google I/O Developer Conference. It is speculated that this could be released alongside flagship Pixel devices during a special event in autumn.