Almost a week after it appeared on the B&H website for pre-order, Samsung now has officially announced the first global availability dates for the new Galaxy SmartTag tracker: April 1
The Galaxy SmartTag + is Samsung’s updated premium version of the original Galaxy SmartTag. The new tracker uses Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to locate lost items. Anyone with a UWB-equipped smartphone, such as the Galaxy S21 +, can also use the companion AR finder app (SmartThings, available on both iOS and Android), which then provides simple visual guidance for your lost item.
“UWB is a real game changer, making it possible to lock onto an object’s position with much greater precision,” said KJ Kim, Execute VP and Head of Mobile R&D Office, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “That’s why we continue to expand UWB across the Galaxy ecosystem and find new ways to use this technology to make people’s everyday lives easier and more convenient.”
The trackers are built on the incredible offline detection capabilities of SmartThings Find, but still allow users to locate them on a map no matter how far away they are. Between BLE connectivity and Galaxy device network, SmartThings Find users can log in and turn on their Galaxy smartphones or tablets to help others find their own lost devices and tag trackers. Samsung also encrypts this data so that only the owner of the device or trackers can access their location.
A SmartTag + can also be used for other useful purposes. For example, you can use them to remotely turn off devices such as lights via the SmartThings app. However, with their small size, they are best used on your everyday devices such as your wallet, backpack, purse or key ring. To get one or two for yourself Keep an eye out starting April 16 as the trackers are gradually rolled out worldwide.