Google has really been pushing for its users to take the apps that they provide into account when they are out and about. Because of this, they have developed Nearby, a feature that will use Bluetooth and GPS to deliver you apps based on your location. It seems a bit confusing at first because you could just download an app to order at Starbucks, for example. However, Google is really thinking of the big picture and explaining some of the ways they think this new feature could help you on its official Android blog:
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- Print photos directly from your phone at CVS Pharmacy.
- Explore historical landmarks at the University of Notre Dame.
- Download the audio tour when you're at The Broad in LA.
- Skip the customs line at select airports with Mobile Passport.
- Download the United Airlines app for free in-flight entertainment while you wait at the gate, before you board your flight.
The feature will be included in another update for Google Play Services. The update is currently rolling out for most users, including those on devices KitKat and up. In order for Nearby to work, you will need to have Bluetooth and GPS activated. In essence, they will act like web beacons and you will receive a notification that you are in proximity to one of the Nearby apps and you can check it out. As of now, you don't have to download it.
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There hasn't been anything said about what apps are included or whether or not you will be able to disable the services.