UWB is a short-range communication protocol that is a bit like NFC or Bluetooth – it allows devices to talk to each other very accurately. The special advantages of UWB is that it can report the location very accurately and does not consume much power at all.
As well as appearing on the iPhone 12 (and iPhone 11), you will find UWB on more and more devices, including some Galaxy S21 models and Apple AirTags and Galaxy SmartTags tracking devices to help you find your lost property.
Pixel 6, Pixel Trackers?
Currently, both Rahman and 9to5Google point out that UWB technology is by no means nailed to appear in Pixel 6 – but if it did, it would allow Google to consider creating a Pixel-based competitor for Apple’s product tracking. AirTag.
At this point, there have been no indications that Google is working on some of its own smart device monitors to compete with Apple’s newly launched device.
It would make sense for Google to place UWB support inside Pixel 6 – the technology has begun to show up on most flagship phones, and it has plenty of potential applications in terms of smart home connectivity and augmented reality.
Google Pixel 6 forecasts are now starting to go through thick and fast as we reach the middle of the year, strongly suggesting that an official release is coming.
We expect Google to unveil the phone in late 2021 – maybe in October – but it’s worth keeping an eye on the Google IO event starting May 18thbecause we might get an early tease about the upcoming handset there.