With the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple became the first major smartphone OEM to include UWB technology in the devices. Samsung recently joined the party by including UWB in the latest Galaxy Note20 series. UWB (Ultra Wideband) technology enables spatial awareness. It can precisely locate other UWB-equipped devices. Here’s how Apple and Samsung use UWB in their smartphones.
- In the iPhone 11 series, you can point your iPhone toward someone else’s, and AirDrop will prioritize that device so you can share files faster.
- Google Nearby Share feature will take advantage of UWB in Galaxy Note20 Ultra. By simply pointing Galaxy Note20 Ultra to other UWB equipped Galaxy devices, Nearby Share will automatically list the people you’re facing on to the top of your sharing panel.
- The Offline Finding feature on the iPhone would allow devices and tags to be located even when your phone is in flight mode. (Coming soon with the launch of Apple Tags)
- Samsung smartphones can be used to unlock your home as a digital key. Samsung is working with ASSA ABLOY, a leading supplier of access control products including electromagnetic locks, for its digital key feature.
Today, Xiaomi released a new video that provides a glimpse of how UWB will change the way interact with our devices. Right now, when you want to control a device using your smartphone, you need to open the respective app and initiate some action. With UWB, you can just point your smartphone towards the device you want to control, smartphones can detect which device you are pointing to using UWB and present you an appropriate control panel. You can check out Xiaomi’s demo video below.
Source: Xiaomi Weibo