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Android’s offline Find My Device network could be coming to your Samsung Galaxy

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Google officially launched the new Find My Device network for Android. It’s initially rolling out in the US and Canada, with more regions to follow sequentially. The company hinted Android’s new Find My Device network would be expanded to a few Samsung Galaxy flagships.

The new Find My Device network can find devices even when they are not connected to the internet or discharged. Interestingly, Google’s latest flagships – Pixel 8 and 8 Pro can be found even “if they’re powered off or the battery is dead.”

Offline Find My Device will initially find lost Android devices, with headphones coming soon after, with support for third-party Find My Device Bluetooth tags coming in May. The new service (FMD network) will use over a billion Android 9+ devices to find your lost items.

The Android maker revealed that it is “working” with other Android OEMs and chipmakers on expanding this capability to premium devices. For the Pixel 8 series offline finding feature, Google credits “specialized Pixel hardware.”

Most of the Pixel 8 features arrived on the Galaxy S24 and S23 series with One UI 6.1. Therefore, it’s likely that the offline finding feature would be served to most recent Samsung flagships. Besides, supported tracker tags will be launched by later this year for your belongings.

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Android gets Instant Hotspot feature that your Samsung Galaxy will miss out

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Google has recently released Android Feature Drop with a new feature called Instant Hotspot, which simplifies the way devices connect to the internet. However, the search giant officially announced that the Instant Hotspot feature will not be available on Samsung devices.

The Instant Hotspot feature allows Android tablets and Chromebooks to connect to a phone’s hotspot with just a tap, simplifying the process of sharing a mobile data connection. Previously, users had to manually activate the hotspot, search for it on their device, and enter a password to connect.

According to the information via Android Authority, this feature is part of a new Cross-Device Services module in Play Services, bringing a seamless experience similar to Apple’s Continuity.

Instant Hotspot feature works on phones running Android 11 or newer, but, notably, Samsung devices are excluded. While the exact reason for this exclusion is not disclosed, Samsung may have chosen not to participate to promote its own connectivity features.

Still, Samsung Galaxy device owners can quickly connect their devices to the internet through existing features like Auto Hotspot for Samsung tablets and Instant Tethering for Chromebooks.

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Android’s Find My Device app to get Biometric login, Remote lock features

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Google is bringing Biometric login support to Android’s Find My Device app. It is a quite useful app that allows you to find your stolen or misplaced Android device. Recently, Google started releasing the Find My Device network with upgraded capabilities.

Google continues to enhance Android and ecosystem services. The recent rollout of offline findings significantly boosted the usability and importance of the Find My Device functionality. Advancements coming to Android would directly benefit Samsung and Galaxy users!

Biometric Login

AndroidAuthority discovered that the Find My Device app seems to be testing a new “Allow Biometric login” option. This feature would allow you to verify your identity through biometric verification. This will significantly ease the accessibility of the app so you can effortlessly locate your devices.

Remote Lock

Apart from this, Google is also working on a new Remote Lock feature for Find My Device. It is expected to make it easier to lock your lost phone, similar to what Samsung offers. However, it will require login credentials of your Google Account and verification code if enabled.

The report mentions that the Remote Lock feature will be rolled out to Android 10+ devices. It might allow you to put a screen lock if it isn’t enabled before losing. Later this year, a major Google Play Services app update will bring it to your device.

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Android 15 Beta 2.1 update fixes Private Space issue

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Google has released Android 15 Beta 2.1 update for Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 6a, Pixel 7, 7 Pro, 7a, Pixel 8, 8 Pro, 8a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. This update primarily addresses an issue with the Private space feature.

Android 15 Beta 2.1 comes with the security patch for May 2024 and can be identified through version AP31.240426.023. It is a minor update with a size of around 11-12MB.

The main fix in this update corrects an issue where initially creating a Private space caused the removal of app icons from the Home screen. With this update, the process of setting up a Private space will no longer affect the Home screen’s organization.

Google has also shared some tips on how to manage the Private space. For instance, if you can’t recall how to access a hidden Private space, simply search for ‘Private Space’ in the search bar.

Moreover, if you forget the unlock method for Private space, it can be deleted from the reset options in the device settings. Apps can also be installed in Private space by long-pressing the app icon and selecting the ‘Install in private’ option.

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