Rumored Android version of iBeacon to be called "Nearby"
According to leaked information, Android devices are expected to be able to receive targeted messages with Google's version of the technology, called Nearby. According to a source, this will be made available after a Google Play Services update.
According to a leaked screenshot, Nearby will allow users to interact with people, places and things that are nearby. The service will allow you to decide whose devices can "see" your presence. Like iBeacon, Android handsets with the feature on could receive targeted ads and location-based reminders (when you see Jim, remind him about the Thompson account).
While we have no idea when this might be rolled out, you can take a look at actual screenshots from the feature, in the slideshow below.
source: AndroidPolice via RedmondPie
2. Ashoaib (Posts: 2714; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Ofcourse google... but one feature only not hundreds like what apple did.... but plz no more ads, android is already full of ads
4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5955; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Another way for Google to get even more data on you.
15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
It is getting harder and harder for Google to deny that they, in fact, are the NSA.
16. wilsong17 (unregistered)
18. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Basically the only way to privately call someone is for both parties to have secure end-to-end encryption. This means no SSL, but something like what BlackPhone uses, i.e. Phil Zimmerman's system. For even this to be trustable, it means running it on a non-compromised host. Which is hard to find.
Of course, the NSA is still tracking who you call, even with this. Without a TOR-like service in the middle, it is still essentially point to point.
26. fzacek (Posts: 2449; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Why is everyone even so obsessed with the NSA spying on us? What's the big deal anyway? Unless I was doing something illegal, I couldn't care less about the government listening to my phone calls and seeing what I do...
40. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I guess you've never studied history and don't understand the extremely poor quality of life that is part and parcel of living in a surveillance state.
For starters, I might suggest reading the book "Three Felonies a Day" so you get a little taste of how easy it would be to lock you up in the US, today.
Then read some books about life in East Germany living under the watch of the Stasi and their vast network of citizen informants.
46. Furbal (Posts: 538; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
We live in a sad day and age when some one has the explain why an over zealous government is bad...
5. fzacek (Posts: 2449; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Where exactly do you see ads in the Android OS?
27. Sauce (unregistered)
They should call you masturbaiter, cus you take the bait every time.
28. fzacek (Posts: 2449; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Good one, lol. I'm just trying to defend Android and give credit where credit is due. I guess I should try to be less gullible. Oh no, did I just take the bait again...
29. Sauce (unregistered)
I had to...I thought it was pretty clever, I must say.
More power to you. Not enough people give credit where it's due.
3. UglyFrank (Posts: 962; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
The scales are still tipped on the scales of theft
8. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Android Is completely ripped off ios. The horizontal page scrolling etc if apple takes some inspiration what's wrong with that? Forget all that. What you fan droids dont realize is that the end user benefits when companies copy each other. Which is why we have to recriminate.
10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1581; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
+1 on that. After end of the day, all that matters is user experience. Armando Ferreira (I guess many of you know him) explained it very well in his WWDC coverage. I recommend everybody to watch it.
11. wilsong17 (unregistered)
Yeah in youtube he always explain things and get criticism by the Ifan so funny
35. joey_sfb (Posts: 4087; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I am aware of the gospel Apple preach to their flock thru Apple insider.
I reek of hate with articles that do personal attack on Android developers.
I can sum it up with one word competition and Apple could not coup with that. For example, Ford has GM, Samsung has LG, iOS has Android.
Over the course of history every company do not have to stool so low as to do personal attack on other company executives. Because to me they are just employee with a free will to pursuit their own idea and fortune.
Look at what you guys are doing. You are an employee of some company too! How would you feel if your former company attack your character?
32. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
IOS is ripped of from Symbian aka Linux
Try harder next time iFanboy
37. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Actually I use Both kitkat and ios 7 so I am technically neutral. That is, I love both.
41. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1862; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Or you are technically bisexual ;)
44. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
If sexuality is "choice of OS" then yes I am bisexual.
33. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
IOS is ripped of from Symbian aka Linux
Try harder next time iFanboy
38. shuaibhere (Posts: 1908; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Horizontal page scrolling was there before ios came to life...
My dad's lg had that in 2005...
39. shuaibhere (Posts: 1908; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
And also larry page never said he will do thermo nuclear war on ios when they copied android...like steve jobs did....
Both parties take inspiration from each other..
But only one acts like it is above all and they can do whatever they want to....
6. fzacek (Posts: 2449; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I don't want this. Hopefully it can be disabled...
20. galanoth (Posts: 383; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
If you see the screenshots, there is an on/off toggle.
13. darkkjedii (Posts: 14733; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Arte, and PAU won't like this one bit. Sauce get ready.
34. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
This similar features are already existed before iPhones, iOS.
17. winter_hat (Posts: 108; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Worthless. Has to be on all phones and updated in a timely manner, which means absolutely will never work.
42. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1862; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Since it will be updated through the Google play services, all Android phones can receive this feature without having to wait on manufacturers and providers. But I do think most people will turn this off. I know I will.
31. ojdidit84 (Posts: 427; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
I guess everyone is on a free-for-all feature cloning spree now. Google should've done something like this in Latitude before they dismantled it and rolled some of those feature into Google+.
36. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
This is going to be a hit with the ladies in my life.
They love coupons an the like when shopping, I can't stand it so I get a large pass thankfully.
47. Furbal (Posts: 538; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Shopular works pretty well for using GPS. Give it a try