One category of gadgets that tech manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have recently started getting into is small tags that can be used to track the location of your keys, wallet, backpack, bag, etc. And it seems that Google also intends to introduce its own version of such geotagging.
Developer Kuba Wojciechowski found a link that may indicate that Google is working on a similar “tag” of its own development. According to Mr. Wojciechowski, a team from Nest is working on the device, but this does not necessarily mean that the gadget will be presented under this brand.
I have recently found references that show that Google's working on support for locator tags in Fast Pair – see the linked thread for more info. https://t.co/8tvlWaHQpv
Now it turns out Google's working on a first party tracker too!
— Kuba Wojciechowski 🌺 (@Za_Raczke) January 16, 2023
The device was codenamed Grogu, GR10 and Groguaudio. It will be released in several body colors and will have a built-in speaker that should help with finding a lost object.
It also supports Bluetooth LE and Ultra Wideband (UWB) communication protocols. Branded Google Pixel smartphones starting with the 6 Pro model also work with the latter, but so far they hardly use it (only for the Nearby Share function).
The developer expects to see the gadget at the next Google I/O conference along with the next generation of branded smartphones.