Tile, AirTag competitor, appears to be becoming a more effective key finder after Amazon revealed that the brand was joining Sidewalk a program that expands the range of the tile, making it easier to find users of the personal belongings you put in place.
Built-in newer Echo smart speakers and Ring Home Surveillance Cameras, it uses the 900 MHz frequency band (previously reserved for amateur radio broadcasts) to provide low-bandwidth and long-distance connections, and has a range of 500 meters to kilometers.
This means that Sidewalk-compatible devices in other homes with this radius can be used as part of a network, and because it is based on network technology, the more devices that support Sidewalk in the area, the stronger the network becomes. So if your Wi-Fi network disappears or deteriorates, your smart home gadgets will still be able to work, for example, you can still watch live feed on your home surveillance camera.
Easier to find
Tile is currently integrating with Amazon Alexa, but because it uses the ability to find your key or any other item to which the tile is attached, the process is quite lengthy.
If you ask “Alexa, Find Keys,” you will be prompted to install the Tile skill (if it is not already installed), and you will be asked to confirm that you want to open the skill. You can then choose which tile you want to play, but it still requires your phone to be within the tile’s Bluetooth range to produce sound.
However, the Sidewalk partnership, which starts on June 14, means you can simply “Alexa, Find the Keys” and the tile will start playing, even if it’s not within the Bluetooth range of your phone. Amazon has not made it clear whether all compatible Sidewalk devices will be able to find the tile or whether it will only be restricted to your home.
In addition to this, Amazon said ad from the service, Alexa will be able to tell you which home Echo device the tile is closest to, as well as the day and time when it was last seen near the device.
I hope the partnership will improve how long it takes to find a tile when it’s lost away from home.
Both AirTags and Tiles have a user community (those with a recently updated iPhone in the former case or a Tile app for the latter) who can anonymously update the key finder’s location if you happen to bypass it – which is far easier to find when it’s actually lost and not wrong.
Apple currently has a potential user base of 1.65 billion, while Account has 36 million users, and when testing this feature, our AirTag was found in 30 minutes, but it took all day to find the lost tile.
The merger with Sidewalk aims to improve this, making Tile more of a competitor to AirTags. However, Amazon Sidewalk is only available in the U.S., so owners of tiles in other areas will lose.