After a long rumor, Apple announced AirTags and they immediately became one of the most used and easy to use object trackers. Now with them also came privacy issues and their use as props for tracking people.
Of course, AirTags aren’t the first product of their kind, but it has highlighted privacy concerns, such as their use to control other people by hiding an AirTag among their belongings. In the case of iOS / iPhone users, the device will detect that it has an AirTag “next one”, but these notices are not displayed from Android.
Apple has confirmed to CNET that they are in the process of developing an Android app that will prevent precisely that. Smartphone users with the Google system will receive messages and notifications when an AirTag is nearby.
Dedicated application for Android
AirTags use Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology to be found and positioned, and the detection system is built into iOS, users don’t have to do anything to be notified if they have an AirTag nearby that isn’t registered on their account.
However, privacy concerns arise when situations arise where AirTags are used to track people using Android as their primary system, and they would have no way of knowing if they have an AirTag nearby unless they do. ‘found physically.
Apple is in the process of making this app for Android, there is still an official launch date, but we assume it won’t take too long given the success of the product and more and more users are looking forward to it. AirTags to have control of their keys, backpacks and other “traceable” objects.
In the last few hours, the company has also released a software update for AirTags, which is applied and installed automatically without the user having to act. Firmware 1.0.276 reduces the time AirTags start beeping since they were separated from your iPhone. So far several days were expected to pass, and now they will start alerting 8-24 hours later.