It seems that the ultra-broadband or UWB is the new fad in the mobile and IoT markets today. Wireless communication technology is being used in smart home devices and smart trackers because of its ability to know the location and even the orientation of a device. Apple and Samsung are among the first to put this technology to use on their latest phones, but it looks like Google may be doing the same already on the Pixel 6 later this year.
Google isn’t exactly one that quickly adopts new trends. Some may even say that it takes a long time to implement already common features. That said, he sometimes even tries to create a new trend, like his Project Soli technology based on sonar once ill-fated on Pixel 4.
According to XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, Google may be implementing support for UWB on Android 12. This in itself is a good thing as it makes a UWB API standard across the platform, allowing any and all smartphone manufacturers to support technology. Where you are testing this feature, however, can be even more interesting.
The tip says that it is being tested on “raven”, which is not just the code name for a future Pixel smartphone. Specifically, it is used to identify a Pixel phone running on Google’s own Whitechapel Arm chip, also known as GS101 or Google Silicon. In other words, this UWB support may debut on the Pixel 6 later this year, which is believed to be the first to use this custom processor.
That said, this is the first time we’ve heard about this feature, so there’s no guarantee about its release schedule. It will also be interesting to see where Google plans to use UWB, as it does not yet have smart speakers or smart trackers that use the technology. Then again, Google suggested that it has new Nest products to announce at this month’s I / O 2021 and they can be part of that revelation.