Technology giant Google is reportedly developing its own version of Apple’s AirTag tracker, according to developer and leaker, Kuba Wojciechowski. The device, codenamed ‘grogu’, is expected to work on a distributed tracking network, similar to Apple’s AirTag and Samsung’s SmartTag. This type of tracker is useful because it allows users to keep track of their possessions, such as phones and wallets, that may be misplaced or have a chance of getting lost.
The new smart tracker is expected to work with both Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Ultra-Wideband (UWB). It is also likely to be integrated with a small internal speaker to enable sound alerts, and will be released in various colors.
The new device is expected to be released at I/O 2023, Google’s annual developer conference. The tech giant is also likely to rename the distributed tracking network as the ‘Finder Network’.
Google’s ‘grogu’ tracker is expected to be a rival to Apple’s AirTag, which was launched in April. The device is a small, square-shaped tracker that utilizes Apple’s Find My app to help users keep track of their possessions.
It is not yet known what features Google’s version of the tracker will have or how it will compare to Apple’s version. However, its release at I/O 2023 suggests that the tech giant is confident in its product and hopes to make a strong impression on its users.