An Android app blows Apple out of the water when it comes to AirTag detection, study claims
Researchers from the Darmstadt University in Germany have developed an Android app called “AirGuard” to notify users about the Apple AirTag stalking on Android. A study published by the researchers is claiming that AirGuard is better at detecting nearby AirTags than even Apple’s solution.
Since their release in April 2021, Apple AirTags have been used to track unsuspecting users. Due to their small size, abusers place AirTags inside bags, cars, or clothes to track the movement of victims through Apple’s “Find My” service. While no fool-proof method to get rid of these stalking AirTags exist, Apple has developed several protection mechanisms for iOS devices.
For Android devices, the company launched Tracker Detect on the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, according to Bleeping Computer, Tracker Detect isn’t as useful as Apple’s anti-stalking services on iOS devices.
Per the study, AirGuard senses trackers faster and in more varied scenarios than other tracker detection apps. For instance, when an AirTag is placed in a backpack, iOS tracking detection reportedly takes four hours to notify the victim. On the other hand, AirGuard only took about 30 minutes to send an alert. Furthermore, AirGuard was also able to identify trackers placed in cars which is something other tracker detectors struggle with.
AirGuard is open-source and works for all trackers and “Find My” type services. You can install it from the Google Play Store.