You can now manage ultra-wideband connections on Pixel 6 Pro.
What you need to know
- Google introduced ultra-wideband setting switching on Pixel 6 Pro.
- This update is part of Google’s December 2021 update.
- UWB allows more precise positioning, but it is only suitable for devices with compatible technologies.
Google quietly added a new setting that allows you to turn on and off the ultra-wideband feature of Pixel 6 Pro. This feature is part of Google’s December 2021 update, but currently there are not many use cases.
First, UWB allows devices to “recognize the relative position of nearby devices” and supports this wireless technology. In other words, its applications on Google’s best Android phones are currently limited to the Nearby Share function, which was upgraded after the December 2021 update. However, due to a software error, the update is currently shelved.
The UWB chip also supports Google’s digital car key function, which was launched in December to select Android devices. However, this feature is currently limited to the Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 series, and you need to own a specific BMW model to use it. Nevertheless, this feature is future-oriented, so it will be compatible with future devices.
As discovered by 9to5Google, you can now manage hardware features. If you want to access UWB options, just go to the “Settings” app and select “Connection Preferences” under the “Connected Devices” section.
Google is expected to resume the December Pixel feature launch later this month, so the UWB setting switch is likely to be available to a wider range of users in the next few weeks.
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