Samsung's SmartTag 2 May Go Toe-To-Toe With The AirTag
Samsung is scheduled to unveil its next-gen Galaxy foldable smartphones, smartwatches, and wireless headphones this August. Apart from these consumer electronic devices, the South Koreans could also launch the Galaxy SmartTag 2 that will be equipped with better tracking and smart home-ready functions such as preventing unwanted stalkers similar to Apple's AirTag accessory.
South Korean news outlet Naver has reported that the successor to the Galaxy SmartTag will also be unveiled at Samsung's next Unpacked event this August. It did not specify whether the unannounced Galaxy-branded smart tracker will be known as the Galaxy SmartTag 2 or SmartTag (2023). What's included would be a handful of notable enhancements.
Anti-tracking feature on the 2nd gen Samsung Galaxy SmartTag
In a nutshell, Samsung is tipped to include deterrent features to its 2nd gen SmartTag that can also be found in the Apple AirTag (review). The latter notifies or provides alarms via the Find My app if there are unknown trackers nearby or within the user's range. This is helpful if someone is stalking you on purpose without your consent. However, it remains unknown just how this will operate on the SmartTag.
In addition, the Galaxy SmartTag 2 is said to feature a wider wireless finding range and louder sound than its predecessor. At the same time, it should retain both the UWB (ultra-wide band) and Bluetooth LE connectivity in addition to the AR-assist feature of the SmartTag Plus.
Samsung Galaxy SmartTag 2 could control smart home devices
There will also be integration with Samsung's smart home platform as well. Users will be able to utilize the tag to control some SmartThings accessories such as switching or dimming smart bulbs to even controlling smart TVs.
Currently, there is no word on how much the 2nd gen Samsung SmartTag will cost given these promising upgrades. As a reference point, the original SmartTag retailed for $29 while the Plus version, which was only unveiled at a later date, was priced at $39.
Google is releasing a Pixel Tag tracker
Samsung is not the only one in this game as Google is also rumored to introduce its first Pixel smart tag. Details about the device are relatively unknown except that it is internally known as Grogu and expected to use the company's Fast Pair. I guess this is the way to go (heh!)! More importantly, there are clues that Google may enable automatic detection of unwanted trackers in the Android 14 OS as well.
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Via: 9to5Google Source: Naver