This feature first came to Apple when the company first launch its Find My device network in June 2010 which is one of the most powerful communities of devices for tracking down lost or stolen iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and other Apple devices.
It can even assist in the tracking of an offline device using millions of other Apple devices that may be in the vicinity of the missing device. Now, it appears that Google is following Apple’s lead and launching its own “Find My Device Network.”
Some strings in the current Google Play Services version that rolled out in the beta channel were deciphered by the folks at XDA Developers.
A “Find My Device Network,” as defined by the FCC, is a service that “allows your phone to assist in the location of your and other people’s devices.”
Find My Device, an app for Android users, is already available on the Play Store. It can only find devices that are connected to the user’s Google account. You should be able to help other Android users discover their phones and vice versa with the “Find My Device Network.”
It goes without saying that Android phone customers who have Google Play Services installed will benefit the most from the company’s alleged “Find My Device Network.”
There’s no word on whether this will be an Android 12 feature or if it will be available to all Android devices. Though, it would make the most sense if such feature is rolled out. If we learn more about Google’s ambitions for the service, we’ll let you know.