Apple And Google Join Forces Against Unwanted Bluetooth Tracking, Devise A New Industry Standard

Main Image
  • Like
  • Comment
  • Share

Two of the largest tech giants have come together to release a new industry standard addressing the unwanted tracking issues of portable Bluetooth devices. The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple and the Alphabet-owned search giant Google have joined hands to devise the Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers (DULT) standard Bluetooth tracker and smartphones.

ALSO SEE: Best Laptops Under 50000 in India (May 2024) 

DULT – The New Standard For Prevention Against Unwanted Bluetooth Trackers

Apple AirTags 2 To Enter Mass Production in Q4 2024, says Kuo

“Apple and Google have worked together to create an industry specification – Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers (DULT) – for Bluetooth tracking devices that make it possible to alert users across both iOS and Android” if a device is used to track them. While Apple is integrating the feature in iOS 17.5, Google is launching it for Android 6.0+ devices.

Users Will Receive A Notification If A Tracker Is Found Traveling With Them

As the new Unwanted Location Tracker reaches more users, they will get a “[Item] Found Moving With You” notification on their device if an unknown Bluetooth tracking device is seen moving with them over time. More importantly, the feature will work regardless of the operating system it is paired with. 

ALSO SEE: Cars With Front Parking Sensors

DULT Works With Both iOS And Android Devices

For example, if you’re using an Android phone, you should, theoretically, get an unwanted tracker notification if an AirTag is seen moving with you over a certain duration. Similarly, iPhone users should be able to determine if a compatible Bluetooth tracker is traveling with them. “It’s possible the tracker is attached to an item the user is borrowing, but if not, iPhone can view the tracker’s identifier,” says the official press release. 

Further, users can play a sound to locate the tracker and access instructions to disable it. Third-party Bluetooth tag manufacturers, like Chipolo, Eufy, Jio, Motorola, and Pebble Bee, have promised to include compatibility with their next-generation devices. Other companies like Samsung and Tile have also committed to supporting the standard.

While this is the first collaboration of its kind, it will make users’ lives easier, especially since the cases of unwanted tracking using tiny Bluetooth trackers have been on the rise. Initially, Apple launched the AirTag without unwanted tracking prevention for Android users. However, it rolled out an update to the device, fixing the issue with an Android app. In July 2023, Google also rolled out support for detecting AirTags traveling with Android users. 

ALSO SEE: Power Steering Cars Price List

You can follow Smartprix on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Google News. Visit for the latest tech and auto newsreviews, and guides.

Shikhar MehrotraShikhar Mehrotra
A tech enthusiast at heart, Shikhar Mehrotra has been writing news since college for an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Over the last four years, he has worked with several national and international publications, including Republic World, and ScreenRant, writing news, how-to explainers, smartphone comparisons, reviews, and list-type articles. When he is not working, Shikhar likes to click pictures, make videos for his YouTube channel, and watch the American sitcom Friends.

Related Articles

ImageRealme GT 6T Review: The New Best Mid-Range Killer?

The Realme GT series is finally returning to the Indian market with the Realme GT 6T. The Realme GT 6T is a performance-focused device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 SoC. But hey, don’t let the naming fool you; the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 is just as powerful as the Snapdragon 8s Gen …

ImageGoogle and Apple joins forces to prevent unwanted tracking with AirTags

Apple AirTags and similar Bluetooth-powered tracking devices have become a norm in today’s life. However, the technology is riddled with unwanted and unauthorized tracking of individuals. Apple AirTags was developed so that users can find their luggage, keys, purse, and whatnot using Apple AirTags and Find My network. However, it has been misused to track …

ImageGoogle Updates Find My Device to Make It Easier to Find Lost Devices and warn about unknown AirTags

Google has announced a major update to its Find My Device feature, which is set to make it easier for users to find their lost Android devices. The update is powered by a vast network of over 3 billion nearby share devices, as well as more than 300 Fast Pair headphones. The Find My Device …

ImageGoogle And Samsung Join Forces For Developing New AI-Based Experiences For Galaxy And Pixel Users

After features like Circle to Search, Google and Samsung are collaborating to create more AI-based user experiences. With Circle to Search, users can look up more details about anything on their screen. The feature, which made several headlines, was available on the Galaxy S24 and Pixel 8 series at launch.Google And Samsung Could Release …

ImageApple AirTags 2 with improved tracking set to arrive in 2025

Three years ago, Apple made a commendable introduction of the original AirTags, small UWB and Bluetooth power tracking devices that users can attach with anything potentially enough to get lost or stolen and find it. Cut to now, rumors are doing the rounds, according to which we could expect the next-gen AirTags 2 (aptly named) …


Be the first to leave a comment.