Google is reportedly working on a location tracking tag to compete with similar products from Apple and Tile, according to the developer and reliable leaker Kuba Wojciechowski. The new tracker, which is codenamed “Grogu” and is being developed by the Google Nest team, is said to include features such as Bluetooth LE and ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity, and may be released in multiple color options and include an onboard speaker to help users locate a missing device via sound, similar to that of an Apple AirTag.
Support for Locator Tags in Fast Pair
Wojciechowski discovered references that indicate Google is working on support for locator tags in Fast Pair. Google’s method for quickly pairing nearby Bluetooth devices. He claims that Google is developing its first-party tracker to use the feature and that the “Grogu” trackers could support Bluetooth LE and ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity.
Development by Google Nest Team
The Google Nest team is said to be developing the “Grogu” tracker. However, it doesn’t mean that the tracker will be a Nest-branded product. The device is expected to have multiple color options. An onboard speaker to help users locate a missing device via sound, similar to that of an Apple AirTag.
Possible Release in Fall with New Pixel Devices
Wojciechowski estimates that Google may announce the product during the Google I/O Developer Conference in May 2023. That the trackers could be released alongside new Pixel devices during a Google event in the fall. The Google’s flagship Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro mobile devices both support UWB connectivity. Its application so far has been limited to features like Nearby Share.