ANDROID smartphone owners have been urged by rival Apple to install an app after a series of stalking incidents.
The tech giant has made the rare decision to release an app on its main competitor’s platform to allow them to detect AirTags.
This device is intended to help people find things like their keys if they are lost.
But there are increasing reports of stalkers exploiting the technology for the wrong reasons.
Last week, US police revealed that a victim found an AirTag mounted on their vehicle.
The person said they received a message on their Apple device that read, “Unknown accessory detected – This item has been moved by you for a while.”
While warnings like this are included in Apple’s iOS automatically, Android users are still at risk.
That’s why Apple made the decision to release Tracking detection app for those who don’t have an iPhone.
“Tracker Detect looks for item trackers that are separate from their owners and compatible with the Find My network,” Apple said.
“These item trackers include AirTag and compatible devices from other companies.
“If you think someone is using an AirTag or another device to track your location, you can scan to try to find it.”
There have been countless other examples of people being tracked with AirTags, including swimwear model Brooks Nader who revealed how a stalker planted a tree on her and followed her home.
If an AirTag is accompanied by an unregistered person, the tag will ring after 8 to 24 hours.
It will also send notifications to the nearest iPhone, as long as it’s running on iOS 14.5 or later.
iPhone users who find an unknown AirTag in their belongings can tap their phone to get its serial number and information on how to disable it.
Extending something similar to Android users was first discussed by the company in June amid outcry over safety concerns.
This app not only detects Apple’s AirTags, but can also find other compatible tracking devices.
In other news, personalized smart gun, which can only be activated by verified users, may eventually be made available to US consumers this year.
Tech giant Microsoft is trying to make the world more awake by launching a “Comprehensiveness” testing tool in its Word software.
And a federation Anti-trust case for Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, was launched first.
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