Google is experimenting with the introduction of ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity in their Android hardware, possibly for the Pixel 6 family of phones.
In the last year, UWB has become the latest up-to-date feature for smartphones and smart home devices. In Apple’s ecosystem, the iPhone 12 series uses UWB to do exquisite things, such as connect to the HomePod Mini, simply by moving your phone closer to it or pinpointing an AirTag. Samsung also uses UWB for its SmartTags, and allows your phone to act as a car key for supported vehicles.
Given its popularity, it’s certainly only a matter of time before UWB is available on all leading smartphones. To that end, XDA̵
Based on the documentation reviewed by 9to5Google, we can confirm that Google works with UWB hardware developed by Qorvo. There is no information on how the alleged Pixel 6 family will use the UWB connection, as no current Nest hardware offers this technology.
The only clues we have so far are hidden in the open source UWB code for Android 12. First of all, this code deals with determining how far two UWB devices are from each other and at what angle the two meet. For now, these UWB features will only be available for system applications, leaving them inaccessible to other Android developers.
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