Steve April 8, 2021
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Samsung Galaxy SmartTag Plus in black and grey colors

Samsung has announced an upgraded version of the SmartTag tracker that was introduced alongside the Galaxy S21, called the SmartTag+. Item trackers like the SmartTag+ can be attached to items like handbags or keychains so you can locate them using your phone.

In the case of the SmartTag+, not only does it come with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, it also supports Ultra Wide Band (UWB), thus offering more accuracy with its tracking abilities. Only a few phones in Samsung’s lineup support UWB, though, specifically the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy S21+, S21 Ultra, and Z Fold2.

If you do have a UWB-enabled phone, however, you can use the new AR Finder feature in the SmartThings Find app to find your lost objects using your camera. Thanks to the UWB technology, not only can you see how far the item is, you can see what direction it’s in, so you can point the camera around and your phone will guide you to the SmartTag+.

Samsung smartphone locating a Galaxy SmartTag Plus in AR

On top of that, you can leverage the community of SmartThings user to help locate the SmartTag+ even if it’s out of range of your phone. Users have to opt in to help others locate their items, but if someone has enabled that capability and they pass by your lost tag, you’ll be able to find it on a map. The SmartThings app can also be used to assign certain actions like turning off lights to the button on the tag, making quick actions a bit more accessible, though this feature also works on the original SmartTag.

The SmartTag+ will be available from April 16 in select markets and rolling out to more countries gradually. Those in the United States can expect it “in the coming weeks”.

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