Following the release of its first Bluetooth-based item tracker, the AirTag, Apple has begun to send out an upgrade to the gadget. Along with certain privacy enhancements, Apple has confirmed the release of an Android app to identify nearby AirTags that individuals may be carrying unintentionally.
About Apple AirTags
If you haven’t heard, Apple has released its first-ever item tracker to compete with Samsung’s SmartTag devices and other competitors.
The AirTag brought a slew of new privacy-focused capabilities that Apple described as revolutionary. However, many users and critics realised that using an AirTag to track somebody without their knowledge is rather simple.
It is extremely simple when the person being followed has an Android handset rather than an iPhone. This is due to the fact that, unlike an iOS device, which has a built-in mechanism to identify a nearby AirTag device via the Find My network, Android devices cannot identify whether an AirTag is travelling with you.
Apple To Bring A New Android App To Help In Detecting Its AirTags
Apple has announced the availability of an Android app to detect AirTag and update its sensors, citing this and a few other privacy concerns with the AirTag.
Although the Cupertino company provided no information regarding the Android app, it is likely to be released later this year.
With the most recent firmware upgrade, the AirTag devices will play the lost mode alarm, which is played when the device is away from its owner at random intervals and between 8 to 24 hours of separation. Previously, the alarm was sounded after three days of separation by the item tracker.
Meanwhile, Apple is gearing up for its next annual developer conference, WWDC 2021, which begins next week on June 7. The business will reveal its next-generation iOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, and other changes to its developer tools at this virtual event.