Google wants to add Ultra Wideband to its Pixel 6 family

The Pixel 6 could carry the Ultra-Wideband (UWB). This technology, present on the latest iPhones and the S21 + and S21 Ultra, makes it possible to locate a smartphone or a connected object with great precision. The AirTag, Apple’s Bluetooth beacon, is also based largely on the UWB. 

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According to the documents consulted by our colleagues at 9To5Google, Google is currently experimenting with the integration of Ultra Wideband technology into its smartphones. Ultra-Wide Band could land on the Pixel 6, the next flagships of the Californian brand, says the media.

Mishaal Rahman, editor-in-chief of XDA Developers, agrees in a post on Twitter. “Google is testing support for the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) API of Android 12 on ‘Raven’, one of the code names that could evoke next-generation Pixels” assures the journalist, referring bluntly to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL.


The Ultra Wideband is present on the iPhone since the iPhone 11. More recently, Samsung has integrated this technology into the Galaxy S21 + and S21 Ultra. The standard S21, on the other hand, ignores the UWB. Intended to spread to all smartphones on the market, Ultra Wide Band makes it possible in particular to locate a telephone with extreme precision, to benefit from additional services via the Internet of Things (IoT), and to transfer files quickly from one phone to another. device to another, even faster than with Bluetooth.

For example, it is thanks to UWB connectivity that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 can locate AirTags, the Bluetooth beacons developed by Apple, with impressive precision. Via a dedicated app, the user can locate the tracker to the nearest meter. Does Google ambition to launch alternatives to AirTags in the years to come? On Twitter, Mishaal Rahman raises the idea but specifies that nothing yet confirms it.

Google is still at the experimental stage. The Mountain View giant may eventually end up postponing the integration of the technology on the terminals in its catalogue. Either way, the Pixel 6 isn’t due until next fall.

Source: 9To5Google

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