NIX Solutions: Google Launches Find My Device Network

Today marks the debut of Google’s new Find My Device (FMD) network, now available in the US and Canada. Initially designed to locate misplaced Android phones and tablets, this network will soon extend its reach to include headphones. Notably, support for third-party Find My Device Bluetooth tags is scheduled to roll out in May.


Expanding FMD Network

This innovative crowdsourced FMD network leverages over a billion Android 9+ devices to aid in the retrieval of lost devices and items. Unveiled for the first time at Google I/O 2023, this network addresses a longstanding limitation of the Find My Device app, which previously necessitated an active internet connection for location tracking. With the incorporation of Bluetooth technology, this network now functions seamlessly even when the lost device is offline.

Enhanced Pixel Features

Google’s Pixel 8 and 8 Pro models boast impressive capabilities, including the ability to locate them “even if they are turned off or the battery is low.” This functionality, attributed to “custom Pixel hardware,” underscores Google’s commitment to enhancing user experience. NIX Solutions adds that Google is collaborating with other Android OEMs and chipmakers to extend similar capabilities to premium devices.

Expanding Compatibility

While awaiting the arrival of compatible Bluetooth trackers in May, users can anticipate the release of iOS 17.5, which will feature alerts for unknown trackers. Chipolo and Pebblebee are poised to unveil FMD devices next month, with companies like Jio, Motorola, and others slated to launch accessories later this year.

In conclusion, Google’s Find My Device network represents a significant advancement in device retrieval technology. Leveraging the vast Android ecosystem, this network promises to revolutionize the way we track and locate lost items. As developments continue, we’ll keep you updated on all the latest enhancements and expansions to this innovative network.