Android 15 will allow you to find even disabled Pixel devices

Android 15 will allow you to find even disabled Pixel devices

Android 15 will feature a new Powered Off Finding API feature that will allow Pixel devices to be found even when they are powered off. However, it requires hardware on par with the Pixel 8 and the upcoming Pixel 9 line.

Power Off Finding uses pre-calculated Bluetooth beacons stored on the device. This requires the Bluetooth controller to remain active even when the device is turned off, which is only possible with a sufficiently powerful battery. In addition, device manufacturers need to do additional engineering to implement the Bluetooth Finder hardware abstraction layer (HAL) so that Android can enable power-off search mode.

Other nearby Android devices that are part of the Find My Device network and are in range of the streaming device to receive the beacon signal. They then encrypt the location of the device and upload it to a Google server so that the owner can decrypt that data. To use the option, the user needs to enable Bluetooth, location services and “With network” option in “Find my device” settings as shown below.

It is not yet clear whether the Pixel 7 and 6 series smartphones, as well as the Pixel Fold, may get the option, as Google has not announced anything about it.

Android 15 is likely to launch in October at the same time as the Pixel 9 series.

Google started developing its own analogue of Apple Find My in 2021. In 2023, it became known that the program will warn users about other people’s Bluetooth tags to protect them from being tracked by trackers.

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