Samsung announced on Monday (12) a commitment to increase the adoption of UWB technology (Ultra-wideband in English) for more handsets of the brand. The Korean manufacturer also promises a smart switch solution with this type of short-distance connection.
The brand positioning appears shortly after Xiaomi showed the same UWB controlling connected home devices. This technology is a form of communication by very high frequency radio waves, used by Samsung in only two smartphone models: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 2 – Apple’s iPhone 11 also has the feature.
The UWB can be seen as an NFC junction with Bluetooth, as it transfers data and also helps when pairing nearby gadgets. You can even pinpoint their location with these waves, great for finding a smartband that is lost under the sofa cushion.
Samsung wants Galaxy with UWB as home key
While Xiaomi showed the control of connected devices, without the need for internet for the commands, Samsung focuses its use on sharing files with Nearby Share from Android itself. Now, in this release, the South Korean brand says that the UWB will be in more models and that it already has a new use for it: opening doors without a physical key.
“With Samsung’s future Digital Key solution, you’ll be able to use your Galaxy smartphone to unlock your home door as soon as you approach it – so you’ll never have to waste time digging through your pockets and purses in search of your home key, the office or the car again, ”says the company in a note.
It has not yet been announced which smartphones will receive the UWB connection, but most likely it will soon be on the more expensive Galaxy S and Galaxy A models.
With information: Samsung.