Google reportedly engaged on UWB assist, may arrive with Pixel 6

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Google seems to be testing ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity for future Android {hardware}, presumably for the upcoming Pixel 6 smartphone.

XDA Developers’ editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman tweeted that Google is testing assist for an UWB API in Android 12 on a tool sporting codename ‘raven.’ Further, raven may check with a next-gen Pixel system, presumably one powered by Google’s in-house ‘Whitechapel’ GS101 chipset.

It’s price noting that earlier studies have linked Google’s Whitechapel chip to two codenames: raven and ‘oriole.’ For now, we don’t know which gadgets these codenames check with. However, it’s secure to imagine at the very least considered one of them refers back to the rumoured Pixel 6 more likely to launch within the fall. The solely different Pixel system we all know is coming is the Pixel 5a 5G, which the firm confirmed in April (though there stays some confusion whether or not we’ll see one Pixel 5a 5G system, or a number of 5a gadgets like final yr’s 4a / 4a 5G).

Rahman stresses that he doesn’t know another particulars, or even when the next-gen Pixel smartphone will characteristic UWB assist.

9to5Google expands on Rahman’s tweet, reporting that documentation it considered corroborates Google’s UWB work. Specifically, the publication notes that Google labored with UWB {hardware} developed by an organization known as Qorvo. Moreover, 9to5 explains that some open-source UWB code in Android 12 suggests the following model of the operarting system may use UWB to find out how distant two gadgets are and the angle they strategy one another from.

Unfortunately, the one different element gleaned from Android 12 code suggests the OS will lock UWB to system apps. In different phrases, different Android builders could not be capable to entry the UWB code.

It hardly comes as a shock that Google is engaged on UWB for its {hardware} efforts. Both Samsung and Apple have made UWB essential elements of latest {hardware}. Most notably, Apple’s UWB is a core a part of its new AirTag tracker expertise. However, bettering monitoring gadgets is only one doable advantage of UWB — it may additionally assist with device-to-device information transfers (like AirDrop or Android’s Nearby Share), utilizing telephones to unlock vehicles, indoor navigation and extra.

Source: Mishaal Rahman (Twitter), 9to5Google

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