Samsung appears to be near launching a brand new Tile-like system for monitoring misplaced gadgets. The tracker, seemingly known as the Galaxy SmartTag, has been leaking out over the previous month, and there’s some hypothesis it may very well be introduced alongside the Galaxy S21 later in January.
The Galaxy SmartTag would use Bluetooth to attach with close by units and broadcast its location, so homeowners may discover it later in the event that they misplace no matter it’s connected to. It’ll be powered by a replaceable button cell battery, in keeping with a regulatory submitting spotted by GSMArena, so that you received’t should throw it out and purchase a brand new one when the battery dies.
Samsung’s tracker sounds a lot like a Tile, and it’ll apparently look quite a bit like one, too. Leaks present the SmartTag as a small sq. with rounded corners and a gap at one edge for slipping a keychain or lanyard by means of. Images of the system filed with Taiwan’s telecom regulator have been publicized by 91mobiles, and so they line up with an illustration of the gadget that was leaked from Samsung’s SmartThings app.
Up to now, it’s not clear that Samsung is doing something out of the strange right here — this appears to be a reasonably normal fare merchandise tracker. Samsung released a tracker again in 2018 that related to cellular phone networks for continuous monitoring. Extra not too long ago, in October, Samsung launched an app that helps homeowners of its devices find their present units utilizing Bluetooth, which looks like groundwork for the upcoming SmartTag.
Principally, this looks like extra unhealthy information for Tile, since Apple is rumored to have an merchandise tracker within the works, too. That might imply two main new rivals in a single yr, if each of those units really ship.