Final yr, we reported on an upcoming feature related to Android phone unlocking together with your smartwatch. Nonetheless, the so-called Watch Unlock continues to be only a rumor and now we could know why.

Google Pixel Watch 3 may adopt UWB for more secure phone unlocking

In accordance with 9to5Google, Google is making ready to launch the characteristic alongside the Google Pixel Watch 3, which in flip will supply UWB connectivity. This may permit quicker and safer cellphone unlocks with out having to make use of your fingerprint reader or face unlock.

Hidden deep contained in the Play Companies app supply code, is a reference to “UWB ranging” for Watch Unlock. Nonetheless, the code additionally reveals that the characteristic could not work as supposed in international locations the place UWB is not an formally licensed connectivity protocol.

In any case, these two leaks are a powerful indication that Google is engaged on a extra superior Watch Unlock technique than initially thought and an UWB chip contained in the Pixel Watch 3 will lastly make it potential.