Samsung has unveiled an update to its SmartThings platform that includes Bixby voice control and a new smart feature that can detect if someone is tracking your location.
It’s called Find Unknown Tags, and it can detect any unknown smart tags that may be moving with you or being close to you.
This could mean someone has put one in their purse, pocket, or car to keep an eye on your situation.
Like Tile and other trackers, Samsung’s SmartTags allow you to identify lost devices using short-range Bluetooth and UWB signals, so you need to stay close to the tag to track it in real-time.
However, tags not placed near you may be detected by other Samsung devices in range, which can anonymously ping the SmartThings network and notify you.
It could pose a security risk if someone slips a label on you, but a new SmartThings feature now disables it.
Another major update is the Bixby control, which allows users to find their smart tags using voice commands.
You will be able to say something like “Hey Bixby, where is my bike” or another object with a SmartTag attached and Bixby will share the location of the object.
In announcing new features, Samsung also announced that its SmartThings Find network now has 70 million registered devices, making it one of the fastest-growing services in this category. That’s not bad considering it only launched in January alongside the Galaxy S21 series.
The company noted there is room for growth, adding more than 700 million Galaxy devices that can now connect.