• Google has said that Pixel 8-like powered-off tracking abilities should also come to other Android phones.
  • The company is working with other SOCs and smartphone OEMs to make this happen.
  • The feature should first land on additional premium Android handsets before it comes to more affordable phones.

Google’s upgraded Find My Device network can locate devices even when they are offline and not connected to the internet. But with the Pixel 8 series, Google goes a step further and lets users find the phones even when they are switched off or have a dead battery. Google has confirmed to Android Authority that this capability will also come to other phones.

Google says it uses specialized hardware on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro that powers the Bluetooth chip inside the phones even when they run out of battery or are powered off. Google is encouraging other Android phone OEMs to adopt this approach.