Ultra-broadband support is a hot ticket in the telephone world right now. The latest models from both Apple and Samsung support it, allowing them to work with branded tracking devices (the new AirTag and Galaxy SmartTag +, respectively), which can show you where a lost augmented reality item is, among others. things. According to a trusted source, this possibility could penetrate Google̵
Michal Rahman, editor-in-chief of the XDA-Developers blog, says he has heard that Google is testing support for an ultra-broadband API for devices that may or may not be an upcoming Pixel phone. 9to5Google later confirmed the information.
I was just informed that Google is testing support for the Android raven’s Ultra-wideband (UWB) API at raven, one of the code names that may belong to the next-generation pixels powered by the GS101.
– Мишаал Рахман (@MishaalRahman) April 30, 2021
“GS101” is supposed to mean “Google Silicon” here. This is a term already seen in some products that are said to contain a processor created specifically for and for Google. That would probably make him one of the first, if not on first, a Pixel phone with a Google brand processor instead of a Qualcomm SoC.
Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag + can show its location on augmented reality Galaxy phones.
We wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but frankly, we don’t think Mishaal would ever publish it unless he was very confident in both his source and the accuracy of the information. And it’s not uncommon for a large phone maker to parry features with its competition for upcoming hardware. UWB can also be used to detect proximity, such as for easy pairing, file sharing, or security checking.
However, treat this as a rumor that this is the case until the specific details become more widely available. Assuming that Google is working either on UWB’s compatibility with existing products or on creating new proprietary products, it is quite possible that the company will scribble these plans before the next hardware cycle. (This has happened before.) Mischaal goes on to say that there is no confirmation that Raven’s code name refers to a specific Pixel phone or that Google is working on an UWB tracker in the AirTag style.