When Apple launched the Apple AirTags in 2021, it was another fancy accessory from the brand. Fast forward to 2023, Apple’s rival Google is reportedly developing a tracker to compete against Apple AirTag. The AirTags were quite helpful for users to track their wallets, keys, luggage and more. One has to admit that trackers got popular after Apple launched them. The ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity in the Pixel 6 Pro and 7 Pro can lock or unlock a luxury car or share files with friends. It seems like Google wants to expand the UWB capability.
Compared to Bluetooth, UWB would help with accurate distance estimation and showing directions to the devices with UWB. Famous blogger Mishaal Rahman tipped the news of Google developing its tracker. Later, quoting his tweet, popular Pixel tipster Kuba Wojciechowski reveals that it will feature the codename grogu. Google is expanding its Fast Pair to support a new product type with a locator tag. Many shreds of evidence have pointed out that Google is working on a distributed tracking network similar to Apple AirTags.
Since Google has been improving the Find My Device feature, the new tag would come with Finder Network branding. The device with the codename grogu or groguaudio, or GR10 would be developed by Team Nest. However, it won’t launch under the Nest branding. It would get support for UWB and Bluetooth Low Energy. The tipster adds that it would be available in different colour options and have a speaker for alerts. The product launch may take place along with the upcoming Pixel 8 series at the I/O event.