Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro both feature an Ultra Wideband chip, and a Barclays analyst believes that Android phone makers will start to follow suit later this year.
MacRumors was able to get its hands on the research note which is of the belief that Android phones will use an all-in-one Ultra Wideband, NFC, and Secure Element chip from Dutch company NXP Semiconductors. The company released the chip last year and while Samsung appears to be already on board, it’s likely there will be other phone makers involved as well.
NXP said last year that it expected Ultra Wideband technology to allow phones to do new and interesting things like unlocking cars based on proximity. Apple is also thought to be planning to use its own chips to allow devices to act as locator beacons, similar to Tile trackers. The 2019 iPhones already use the chip to aid AirDrop to send files to specific users just by pointing at them.
With the SR100T, mobile devices will be able to communicate with connected doors, points of entry, and cars to open them once approaching. Lights, audio speakers, and any other connected device with UWB sensing capability will be able to follow users from one room to another, and smart connected technology will intuitively be embedded in people’s lives.
Apple has already said that some “amazing new capabilities” are coming later this year, with the aforementioned trackers likely part of that. It stands to reason that other phone makers would offer similar functionality, especially with the required chips already being available.
Now it’s just a case of waiting for Samsung and co to get all of their ducks in a row.
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