An Android-powered device would use an array of sensors, including its microphone, to know who and what it is in the vicinity of.
If we go back to last year’s WWDC event we might remember the iBeacon feature which was introduced with the iOS 7. Some of us might not remember the name clearly but for some it might just ring a bell; this is because the feature wasn’t much celebrated at that time. This new feature would allow the devices running on iOS to sense their surroundings and it has been adopted by retail outlets and Major League Baseball alike. Receiving messages based on locations is an interesting idea for smartphones and this feature particularly helps well if you are in the advertising industry. This explains why Google wants to add a similar feature to Android.
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Following Apple’s league, Google is introducing its ‘Nearby’ feature which was recently leaked on the Android Police blog and it can be released soon. The Google I/O is only a few days away and we are suspecting we wont have to wait too long for it. For this new Nearby feature to work, an android device would make use of sensors to know who and what it is in the vicinity of. It is being said that the device would automatically know if it is close to a person, store or landmark and then push a notification to the user based on pre-set variables. This new feature can be used for person-specific reminders where you will be alerted when you see this specific person.
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