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TechnologyTile improves its Google Assistant integration just as Apple is rumored to announce a competing tracker

23:35  06 september  2019
23:35  06 september  2019 Source:   theverge.com

iOS 13 code shows how Apple’s Tile-like location-tracking tag should work

iOS 13 code shows how Apple’s Tile-like location-tracking tag should work You may be able to use AR to find your stuff

Tile doesn’t want people to forget about it, especially if Apple debuts its own item tracker. Today, Tile announced a minor update to its Google Assistant integration that’ll allow Assistant to directly ring a Tile. The functionality isn’t launching until later this year, but clearly, Tile wants to get its news out ahead of Apple. Before, Tile just had a Google Assistant skill, which required users to say, “Hey Google, ask Tile to find my phone.” Later this year, they can just say, “Hey Google, find my phone,” and the Tile attached to their phone will ring.

Tile improves its Google Assistant integration just as Apple is rumored to announce a competing tracker

The update is minimal and helpful, although the bigger story seems to be that Tile is trying to keep its name in the broader tech news ahead of Apple’s upcoming hardware event. Apple’s expected to announce its own Bluetooth tracker that’ll sync with the new Find My app that’s launching with iOS 13. iPhone owners will reportedly be able to set a specific sound to go off if they leave their tagged items behind. The company will also potentially use augmented reality to help people find their item in a room.

iOS 13 code shows how Apple’s Tile-like location-tracking tag should work

iOS 13 code shows how Apple’s Tile-like location-tracking tag should work You may be able to use AR to find your stuff

Apple will directly compete with Tile with its rumored trackers

While the idea that Apple could introduce a Tile competitor is likely worrying enough for the company, there’s a possibility the Apple trackers could be more accurate at locating items. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects Apple to implement ultra-wideband technology in the trackers, which might be more precise than Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi. Tile relies on a mesh network made out of Tile-tagged devices to help figure out where items are located. If Apple wanted to do the same, it could rely on the millions of iPhones already in use, which would give it a huge leg up on Tile. Poor Tile.

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Apple’s rumored Tile-like tracking device may be called ‘AirTag’ .
Apple’s much-rumored tracker accessory to rival Tile may be named ‘AirTag’, found within the latest version of iOS 13.2.That’s the name found on a folder by 9to5Mac inside the latest version of iOS 13.2, which was released today at the time of writing. Apple hasn’t made any announcements (yet), but given the name and folder location came included with the latest operating system update, we can only guess that the company will formally introduce its product soon.

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