Beating Apple AirTags to the punch, Samsung launched its Galaxy SmartTags. Last year to offer an alternative to the popular Tile trackers. The Bluetooth-enabled accessories worked with Samsung’s improved SmartThings.
Find in order to create what is practically a crowdsourced network of users that can help locate any lost item, even if they’re outside of Bluetooth range. There are actually two things that will be arriving once that update lands. Next week, Bixby will allow hands-free, voice-activated search for Galaxy SmartTags.
The more important new feature, however, might be the Unknown Tag Search. It will scan SmarTags within the area that doesn’t belong to the user. Samsung does try to assure users that, outside of this stalking activity. Galaxy SmartTags and SmartThings Find are designed to be secure and private.
User data is promised to be encrypted and protected through a random ID that changes every 15 minutes. Additionally, the SmartTag’s location is also promised not to be revealed to anyone other than the owner of the tracker.
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