- Samsung is now launching its new SmartThings Find service worldwide.
- The service uses Bluetooth Low Energy and UWB technology to help find lost Galaxy devices.
- By updating the SmartThings application, all Galaxy users can use it.
Samsung today announced the launch of SmartThings Find. This is a new service that uses Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technology and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to quickly find misplaced Galaxy phones, smart watches, earbuds or tablets.
So far, SmartThings Find is still in beta testing. Samsung said it has been tested by nearly 6 million people in the United States, Britain and South Korea. Samsung said it is now ready to go public globally.
Starting today, Samsung will launch new software updates for the SmartThings application through the SmartThings Find service. Once you have the feature, you can access it by tapping the banner at the bottom of the SmartThings app’s main screen.
Users must complete a short registration process before they can locate each individual earbud’s Galaxy device.
Samsung said: “Whether you put the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on the sofa and don’t remember where to store the Galaxy Buds Live or put the Galaxy Watch 3 somewhere,” SmartThings Find will guide you through the integrated map directions The ability to find the missing device and ping it.
The service also has an AR-based “nearby search” function, which can display color graphics, and the intensity of the color graphics will increase when you approach the lost device. It can even locate offline devices. After the device is offline for 30 minutes, it will generate a BLE signal, which other Galaxy devices can receive. If you report a lost device through SmartThings Find, all nearby Galaxy phones or tablets can send an alert to the Samsung server about their location if they choose to help find the misplaced device.
You can see how SmartThings Find works in the video embedded above.
The service will be available on Galaxy phones and tablets running Android 8 or higher and Galaxy Watch devices running Tizen 5.5 or higher. It can also be used with Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and Buds Live, but not with the original Galaxy Buds. UWB-assisted tracking function is only available on Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 2. Other Samsung devices will use Bluetooth-based tracking because they do not have UWB technology.