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Android prepares official support for UWB, the ultra-broadband connectivity that aims to replace Bluetooth

UWB is the acronym for ultra-broadband, a short-range communications technology that is not new, but that is making a comeback these days with the support of Apple, Samsung, Sony or Xiaomi. After the UWB landed on Android with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Google is already working on official UWB support on Android.

For now, the only Android phones launched with UWB support are the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, for which Samsung has had to create its own implementation in its software. To unify the use and facilitate developers to use this type of connectivity under a single implementation, Google has added a UWB API to Android.

UWB connectivity on Android

We've been hearing for years that ultra-broadband connectivity was the future, and while the technology has been somewhat eclipsed by Bluetooth and NFC, UWB presents in a good number of improvements over Bluetooth- Higher transfer speed, higher location accuracy, low interference generation and a theoretical advantage over Bluetooth for transferring materials.

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With the above in mind, it's understandable that tech majors have long been investing in UWB and promoting its use through associations like the UWB Alliance. This year, in addition, is when UWB connectivity on mobile has started to come true, as it is included in both the iPhone 11 and higher and the Galaxy Note 20.

Uwbb The ultra-wideband name is clear when compared to other wireless connections such as Bluetooth or NFC

Now the Android AOSP code reveals that Google is working on the official UWP API, thus formalizing its use and, what is more important, unifying its use before we have a different implementation by each manufacturer.

This API is still a bit green, so unclear if it will be ready for Android 12, although it is a first step. The UWB technology itself is also starting to take off now, as Samsung only uses it, for the moment, to search for devices with SmartThings Find.

Via | XDA