Apple AirTags are finally official. These aren’t the first or the only location beacons, but they do have one strong point: they feed off the Apple ecosystem. To use an Apple AirTag, you need an Apple device, although there is only one thing you can do with android: help its owner find it when it loses it.
One of the advantages of the Apple AirTag over its competition is that Apple’s billion devices serve as a network to help you find it offline or out of range. It is precisely in this “lost mode” that an Android mobile can interact with an AirTag to scan the NFC tag and contact its owner
Compatible with Android to make it to its owner
Las Apple AirTag are currently not compatible with Android and should not be in a close future. Its configuration and use is done from the Apple Search application, which is not available for Android, so that you cannot do anything with one of them even if you have a mobile that has all the technologies, like a Samsung Galaxy S21 UWB.
However, there is only one way to interact with mobile from Android mobile: when it has been marked by its owner as lost
When the owner of an Apple AirTag marks it as lost, it may include a personalized message with information on how to contact you to get it back, in case it is found by a Good Samaritan. This message can be accessed through a web address which is opened by scanning the NFC tag of the Apple AirTag, and which includes information such as the serial number and the message left by the owner.
What Apple didn’t explain in the keynote yesterday is that Android phones can also analyze a lost Apple AirTag to help locate it, as long as it is a mobile with NFC and you move it close enough to read its contents. This displays a notification that the NFC tag contains a web address with the information. In other words, with an Android mobile equipped with NFC technology, the only thing you can do with an Apple AirTag is to return it to its owner.
Via | 9to5Google