Samsung introduces new way of locating Galaxy devices

Samsung Electronics is making locating Galaxy devices a breeze with the launch of SmartThings Find. The global introduction follows an early access trial involving six million users across Korea, the UK and the US.

Available on devices running Android 8 or later, SmartThings Find uses bluetooth low energy (BLE) and ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies to help people find select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds.

“Utilising the latest in BLE and UWB technology, SmartThings Find will make your life less stressful when it comes to searching for misplaced Galaxy devices,” said Jaeyeon Jung, Vice President and Head of SmartThings Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

“With the added advantage of using AR in conjunction with maps and sounds to guide you back to your devices, SmartThings Find is a simple and visual solution that will help you easily locate your favorite devices,” he added.

Quick and easy

After a quick registration, the app lets users easily find their Galaxy products even if the devices are offline. Once a device has been offline for 30 minutes, it produces a BLE signal that can be received by other devices.

Any device reported lost via SmartThings Find can be located by a nearby Galaxy smartphone or tablet that has opted into helping find misplaced devices, which will then alert the Samsung server and notify the lost device’s owner.

The owner can follow the integrated map directions to locate the missing device. Once the owner is close to the device, they can choose to either make the device ring or locate it using the AR-based Search Nearby function.

From early next year, Samsung will expand these capabilities to tracking tags for non-Galaxy items.

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