Google play store offers over billions of paid and unpaid mobile apps, in which hundreds of them are used to get specific locations. Now, Google has introduced a new feature in android known as “Nearby”, a new way to discover things around you. Or you can say that “Nearby” feature tells you right app at the right moment.
Since, getting the right apps at the right time cannot be possible all the time, at this time “nearby” feature notifies you of things that can be helpful near you. The nearby technique will utilize Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to establish communication. With this new API, people will be able to communicate cross platform between Android and iOS. With developers point of view, Nearby does not require a Google Account.
Google has already built the technology in its sservices like Chromecast Guest Mode, Google Tone and Nearby Players in Google Play Games. To use nearby, we just have have to turn ON Bluetooth and Location, and it will show you a notification if a nearby app or webste is available. If you are not interested in any particular nearby application or website, then you can swipe it out and give a clear signal to Google.
With “Nearby” on Android, the suggestions are a bit more intrusive, thanks to its use of push notifications.
Fortunately, the feature is opt-in, not opt-out. That means you won’t be alerted to anything – apps or websites – unless you turn it on. Once enabled, tapping the notification takes you to the intended experience, says Google, but if you’re not interested you can swipe it away just like any other notification.
The “Nearby” feature is rolling out to users now as part of the upcoming Google Play Services release and will work on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and above.