Samsung wants to make sure no one tracks you with their SmartTags
Samsung has announced that customers will soon be able to search for unknown Galaxy SmartTags trackers using Samsung’s SmartThings Find service. The feature, called Unknown Tags Search, will be coming to the SmartThings app starting next week.
Users will be able to scan the nearby area for SmartTags that do not belong to them but are moving along with them. This feature could be a huge security advantage as it provides an easy way to make sure no one is tracking you with a small SmartTag that slipped into your backpack, purse, jacket pocket, etc. privacy or security implications of Tile-type tracking devices.
Samsung also announced that its assistant, Bixby, will get the ability to find SmartTags. If you’ve put a smart tag on a certain item and given it a name, you can use Bixby to find that tag. For example, if you have a smart tag on your keys, you could say “hi Bixby, where are my keys?” and it will activate the tag buzzer.
Apple currently has a similar feature to searching for unknown tags in the iOS 14.5 beta, and it seems like it would be a natural fit for the company’s long-rumored AirTags item trackers. The company is hosting its “Spring Loaded” event tomorrow, so perhaps we will see Apple officially unveil its supposed competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTags.