Google has introduced a new feature called “Nearby” which widens the number of ways one has to connect with the the rest of the smartphone users around them. Users will be able to communicate between Android and iOS, making it a cross-platform feature, which benefits more people than when the feature is only limited to one platform.
Nearby provides a proximity API, Nearby Messages, for iOS and Android devices to discover and communicate with each other, as well as with beacons.
Nearby uses a combination of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and inaudible sound (using the device’s speaker and microphone) to establish proximity. We’ve incorporated Nearby technology into several products, including Chromecast Guest Mode, Nearby Players in Google Play Games, and Google Tone.
With the latest Google Play Services 7.8, developers are all the way allowed to use Nearby Messages API across Android and iOS and it doesnot even require a Google Account to start with.
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