Google’s December 2021 Feature Drop had for the first time enabled Pixel 6 Pro’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB). Now, Google has updated their settings to allow a toggle option that can enable and disable the chip
Google Pixel 6 Pro‘s Ultra-Wideband allows for “accurate ranging and spatial orientation.” In the tech giant’s December 2021’s update, their Nearby Share was upgraded to ensure “you can quickly find nearby UWB devices to share with through the highlighted arc right on your screen.”
The Ultra-Wideband (UWB) is expected to assist digital car keys in the future. These, as of now, work exclusively with NFC along with a physical tap to the door handle of the vehicle. As previewed by Google at the I/O 2021, when the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) is enabled, users will no longer even need to take their phones out, making the process much more convenient.
The toggle for the “Ultra-Wideband (UWB)” may be accessed by going to Settings app > Connected devices > Connection preferences. The option appears under “Android Auto” at the bottom of the screen. Unlike all other menu items above this option, it is not accompanied by any icon, which is a curious occurrence.
In the mean time, the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) is disabled automatically when users are in Airplane mode. It cannot be independently turned on.
The OTA rollout of the December update has been pulled, as expected, due to the issue of dropped calls. Therefore, it is only later in this month that most of the users will be able to get the UWB-enhanced Nearby Share, along with the toggle option, which does not show up on the devices which are still running the November build. This is expected to arrive along with nearly one hundred fixes which will be available via the January security patch.