According to an analysis by 9to5Google, Google may be working to turn Android phones into beehives capable of locating lost devices, such as Apple's Find My network. A feature change has appeared in the beta version of Google Play Services where the code refers to the phone's ability to find other devices, which may indicate that the Android phone may be easier to find soon. According to Google's support page, the Find My Device system can currently only find phones that are turned on, have a data or Wi-Fi signal, and have location services enabled. It's not clear at this early stage which, if any, of these limitations will complete the relay network functionality - apparently called Spot - but if you're looking for a lost phone, it's worth having an advantage. Google has other projects that involve using the Android phone network - especially the earthquake detection feature. Although the implementations are different, the basic concept may be very similar: there are more than 3 billion active Android devices, which is a huge source of information, be it data from the accelerometer or the location of a lost phone. https://aopa.com.au/advert/battlefield-2042-will-have-bots-that-make-it-possible-to-play-alone/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/new-biomutant-update-doubles-level-cap-and-adds-new-game-and-difficulty-modifiers/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/ps5-beta-registration-now-starts-accessing-new-features/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/baldur-gate-3-will-no-longer-leave-early-access-in-the-future/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/turtle-beach-wants-to-make-a-controller-for-ps5-but-thats-up-to-sony/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/alan-wake-remastered-and-final-fantasy-7-remake-discovery-on-the-epic-games-store-database/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/animal-crossing-new-horizons-receive-new-events-and-activities/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/destiny-2-nightfalls-reward-cycle-changes-next-month/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/metroid-dread-topped-amazons-best-selling-chart-among-all-e3-game-reveal/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/the-first-season-of-halo-infinite-is-based-on-halo-reach/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/metro-exodus-enhanced-edition-has-great-dualsense-support-on-ps5/ 9to5Google found a setting that allows users to disable the feature so their phones can't help find other devices. Given the limited information, it's unclear whether the Find My Device network will be able to find things other than the phone, such as: Apple's Find My Network or the Samsung Galaxy Find Network. And of course, since this is unpacked beta code, these changes will never get the actual public version.