Big things are coming to Android.
After Apple included ultra-wideband (UWB) capabilities on the iPhone 11/iPhone 12, it looks like Google is also exploring the possibility of including UWB support on the next Pixel smartphone. Likely to debut with the Pixel 6 this year, UWB could allow precisely locate accessories as well as utilise it for other functions.
Due to the increasing popularity of the feature, even third-party manufacturers might also include UWB in the iteration of their flagship devices. In line with this, XDA’s Mishaal Rahman tweeted that Google is indeed planning to bring UWB to the Pixel 6, as evidenced by a device codenamed ‘Raven’. This, along with another device named ‘Oriole’ is expected to be the new Pixel line up launching later this year.
I've just been informed that Google is testing support for Android 12's Ultra-wideband (UWB) API on "raven", one of the code-names that could belong to the GS101-powered next-gen Pixels.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 30, 2021
Another clue to UWB arriving on the Pixel 6 is from the source code of Android 12, which is currently in a developer beta. It detailed how UWB will be used to determine the distance between two devices, which could also indicate that it will support location finding for some accessories.
More details about the Pixel 6 should be available as early as this month during Google I/O 2021. The Pixel 6 is also rumoured to feature Google’s own Whitechapel GS101 chip.