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Google is working on Ultra-wideband (UWB) API for Android OS

By Liu Hongzuo - on 13 Nov 2020, 10:51am

Google is working on Ultra-wideband (UWB) API for Android OS

One example of a device with Ultra-wideband (UWB) is the Apple Homepod Mini, which uses the technology to detect nearby iPhone 11 and 12 handsets.

Ultra-wideband (UWB) is a short-range, low-energy, high-bandwidth transmission technology, with uses in data collection, precise location, and general tracking. A few brands, like Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi, have UWB available on their smartphone products, with the view for UWB to be used as digital car keys, high speed device-to-device file transfers, and more.

However, UWB is a relatively new tech - not many current-generation Android-based devices have them.

XDA Developers spotted a series of commits on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which points towards the development of an Android-based API for supporting UWB on a wider variety of Android devices. The introduction of an official API would mean that developers and phone makers can produce compatible UWB apps across different Android smartphones.

While work on UWB is still ongoing, there's no official date on native UWB support for Android devices announced.

You can read more about UWB in this Samsung blog post as well.

Source: Android Open Source Project via XDA Developers