In line with the Eddystone BLE (Bluetooth low energy) format, Google is also introducing new Nearby APIs to make communication with anyone easier, faster, and more accessible. With these APIs, getting to know nearby devices by other users will only take a few steps. In the future, you can freely and quickly pair Bluetooth devices, exchange contact information and data, or scan a QR code. The idea is for Android users to get to information from someone nearby via an easier method.

Google wants to take that awkwardness in the real world by using Nearby. This includes the new proximity API, the beacons, and Nearby Messages. To establish proximity, this feature will make use of sound, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity. At present, Nearby is also incorporated in some Google products like Google Tone, Google Play Games, Nearby Players, and Chromecast Guest Mode.

This Nearby Messages API will be available when the Google Play Services 7.8 version is released. It will be ready for Android, iOS devices, and even without any Google account. What the API will do is allow an app to call Nearby and ask permission to be given access.

Several apps have tried using Nearby. There’s Trulia, Pocket Casts, Trello, and Edjing taking advantage of the API already. These apps use Nearby to publish information, connect with people, vote on some tracks, and make sharing simpler and easier. With the apps using the Nearby APIs, anyone can easily be updated and connected now in real time.

Simply put, Nearby relies on proximity. There’s actually two Nearby APIs: the Nearby Messages API and the Nearby Connections API. Google has been working on location-based services and this development will help bring less complicated subscribe and publish methods that nearby subscribers can benefit from. With this, developers can also create new user experiences that can improve connections between nearby devices whether smartphone, tablet, computer, or any other hardware that runs a specific and compatible app.

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