While the Apple world waits patiently for an “AirTags” announcement, Samsung is already shipping its remote location device, the Galaxy SmartTag. It’s a little $30 rounded square device that attaches to your keyring or slips into a suitcase or backpack, enabling you to track the locations of those valuable objects using an app.
SmartTags are built on Samsung’s SmartThings home automation platform, and as Samsung VP and head of its SmartThings team Jaeyeon Jung recently explained to me, the location tracking devices are best understood within the context of the SmartThings ecosystem. That’s also a good way to understand how SmartTags differ from Apple’s reportedly forthcoming AirTags.
How SmartTags fit in
The Galaxy SmartTag and Galaxy SmartTag Plus are a natural evolution of the SmartThings Find feature, which Samsung introduced in October 2020. That feature uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies to…