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Tile owner Life360 picks satellites over partnering with Apple or Google

Colorful Tile Pro hanging from a key ring on a hook
Life360 owns Tile, which makes popular location trackers like the Tile Pro. | Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

Tile is promising satellite connectivity for its Bluetooth trackers in a move that could boost the company as an independent alternative to its Big Tech rivals: Apple’s Find My network and Google’s newly revamped Find My Device network.

Life360, the family locator and safety service company that bought Tile in 2021 announced a partnership with the satellite company Hubble Network as it introduces “Find with Life360,” a global location tracking network rival with an API that’s open for use by other developers. They say that using Hubble’s satellites, Tile trackers will eventually be able to find items on both Android and iPhone devices even outside the range of cellular connectivity.

Hubble says it has two satellites operating already,…

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