Apple has launched an app for rival Android smartphones, which will let users know if there is a tracking device nearby.
Apple’s AirTags are small location trackers that can be attached to items such as keys or bags in the event of a loss.
But they can also be used with malicious intent, such as being imposed on people without their knowledge.
The new app allows Android users to locate nearby trackers they don’t own.
AirTags take advantage of millions of Apple devices, each of which can detect nearby tags to create a powerful tracking network.
“These small, cheap tags can make it much easier for potential hunters to hide in a hunting car or personal property and then be able to locate their prey,” said Rachel Horman Brown, who ran the hunt. Head of the Advocacy Service, he said. BBC News:
Two months after their release, amid concerns about abuse, Apple introduced a feature where iPhones would notify users if an “unknown AirTag” or other compatible third-party device was detected that “It simply came to our notice then.
And the new Android Tracker Detect app tries to give Android users some of the security features that Apple has built into their devices.
Apple has said in its supporting documents that the app “finds item trackers within the Bluetooth range that are separate from their owner”.
“If you think someone is using AirTag or some other item tracker to track your location, you can scan to find it,” he says.
The app also allows users to play the sound on the airtag to help find it if it’s close to 10 minutes.
AirTags are also designed to beep if they are away from the iPhone on which they are registered – at random intervals between eight and 24 hours – to help unaware victims find any intruder trackers. Can
The new app also includes instructions on removing the battery and disabling it when you get an air tag.
Preliminary reviews of the Android app are mixed, with some users criticizing the fact that instead of automatically detecting nearby tags, they have to start manually scanning, so victims already have to suspect that they have been traced. is going.
However, others praised Apple for introducing privacy tools on rival platforms.