Google brought some very exciting features and updates in its December 2021 feature drop. Among the many features, the most notable was the access to Ultra-Wideband (UWB) on the Pixel 6 Pro.
Ultra-Wideband on the Pixel 6 Pro provides “accurate ranging and spatial orientation.” In the last month’s update, Nearby Share gained the ability to faster search nearby UWB devices. There is now a new setting toggle introduced for the UWB which gives options to enable/disable the chip.
The UWB toggle can be accessed from the Settings app > Connected devices > Connection preferences and appears at the very bottom of the page underneath “Android Auto”. Users can make the required changes in the setting to their preferences. It should be noted that the UWB features will be automatically disabled on airplane mode.
Furthermore, reports suggest that Google might use this feature in digital car keys which as of now is working with NFC and a physical tap to the vehicle’s door handle to function. The implementation of UWB in this field could possibly be a great idea and might even solve the issue of doing this hands-free.
Although the December OTA updates have been canceled, users can still expect the UWB-enhanced Nearby Share, along with various other updates later this month via the January security patch.
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