A few hours ago Apple launched the first Firmware update of the AirTags, the geolocation labels of the Big Apple. In this update, the time necessary for the AirTag to start ringing is modified if it has moved away from the iPhone to which it has been paired. It goes from three days of time until now, to between 8 and 24 hours of the new update. In this way, the times in which the AirTag detects that it is “lost” are reduced. In addition to this update, Apple has announced that it is preparing an application for Android with the aim of providing the option to find AirTags and prevent malicious tracking of users of this operating system.
Apple prepares an app for Android to find AirTags
A new movement from Apple around its new AirTags is the creation of an application for Android. To understand this movement, you must first understand the operation of location tags. When an AirTag moves away from the iPhone to which it is paired, the so-called ‘Lost Mode’ begins and a notification appears to each iPhone or Apple device that detects it. This alert appears automatically to all compatible devices with the target of prevent malicious tracking by certain users. Because they could put an AirTag in our backpack and follow us thanks to the Find My network.
However, this does not happen with Android devices. In order to find information on a lost AirTag we have to have a device with NFC and know that we have a lost AirTag with us. Creating an Android application will allow constant notification of lost devices from the Find My network. This move by the Big Apple serves to prevent malicious tracking by AirTag holders of Android users.
It is unknown if these users through this application will also be able to activate AirTag or if it will only serve to receive alerts of lost devices and serve as a locator ‘beacon’. However, it is hoped not as Apple’s effort to control privacy and security of location and of the products themselves is a bit far from outsourcing its products to third-party software. This application, as reported from Apple to CNET, It will be available at the end of the year.