By dint of fall behind in the presentation of its AirTags, Apple ended up being overtaken by Samsung. On the sidelines of the presentation of its smartphones Galaxy S21, the South Korean manufacturer has this evening lifted the veil on its Galaxy SmartTags, small trackers that allow geolocation of objects to which they are attached or in which they are slipped. They operate in Bluetooth, with a range of up to 120 meters (in the absence of obstacles).
The Galaxy SmartTag is capable of making a sound, which can be useful if you already have an idea of where it is (in an apartment, for example). Nearby, the SmartThings app displays the strength of the Bluetooth signal in real time to guide the user to their location. Outdoors, it uses GPS navigation to take its owner to the location of the SmartTag. Samsung has set up a “Galaxy Find Network” for all users who wish to participate in the search for misplaced SmartTags – this feature is only available to owners of Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
The small device includes a button cell battery (CR2032) that would provide several months of battery life, and is water and dust resistant (IP53). SmartTags cost € 29.90 and will be available on January 29.
This is very similar to what is expected of Apple AirTags, with the difference that the use of the Ultra Wideband (UWB) of the famous puce Apple U1 should allow greater precision. Apple would also set up a more complete ecosystem, with third-party manufacturers being able to integrate components similar to AirTags directly into their products. AirTags and the Apple Find My network have already been amply revealed earlier this week thanks to the discovery of a hidden tab within the Find My app. Their presentation is expected very soon, perhaps on the occasion of the first Apple conference of the year. during the month of March.
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