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Google Nearby: A new way to discover the things around you

pubblicato 11 giu 2016, 10:39 da iBlio connect   [ aggiornato in data 25 ott 2016, 02:03 ]
"A new way to discover the things around you"

Nearby Notifications is a new feature allowing developers to tie an app or website to a BLE beacon and create contextual notifications, even with no app installed.

Nearby Notifications Overview

Nearby Notifications helps users to discover what's around them, by surfacing location-specific notifications for apps and websites, with no prior app install required. Using Nearby Notifications, you can:

  • Drive your own app installs.
  • Open personal or business profiles in social apps.
  • Launch conversations or chatbots inside messaging apps.
  • Drive consumers to content about nearby products.
  • Help users explore store inventory.
  • Drive checkins, reviews within local/travel apps.

As a developer, you can associate your app or website with a BLE beacon or BLE- capable smart device. Android users near that device or beacon will receive a notification that leads to either an app install, a mobile website, or directly to your app if it's already installed. This functionality is built in to Google Play Services, so you don't need to change your app to start using it.

There are three basic types of experience that you can provide using Nearby Notifications:

  • Advertise an HTTPS URL to provide a notification to the user, and open the URL in the browser when the user taps the notification. This option does not require an app.
  • Trigger an app intent to launch an app that is already installed and perform a specific action. If the app isn't installed, the user is redirected to a mobile web page of the developer's choosing (specify a web fallback URL).
  • Trigger an app install to launch an app and perform a specific action. If the app is not installed, the user is taken to the Play Store where the app is installed; the user can then continue to the feature specified by the developer (a fallback URL is not required). URLs of this type require explicit whitelisting from Google. Apply for the App Install Program.

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Ultimo aggiornamento: Agosto 29, 2016.

Thank to ANDROID OFFICIAL BLOG - Posted by Akshay Kannan, Product Manager, Nearby

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Play Store offers over one million apps - many of which are created to be used in specific locations or situations. The right app at the right moment lets you get more done. For example, at a store, you may want a barcode scanner to check prices and reviews for an item. Or when you're at a museum, an audio tour would enhance the experience as you make your way around the exhibits.

But, getting the right apps at the right time can be tough if you don’t already know about them. So, we're introducing a new Android feature called Nearby, which notifies you of of things that can be helpful near you.

For example:

Select Google devices, including Google Cast and Android Wear watches, will also let you set them up simply by tapping a notification when you're near them.

Earlier this year, we started experimenting with surfacing websites relevant to a place in Chrome through the Physical Web project. In addition to displaying relevant apps, Nearby will surface these websites directly from Android. To deploy your own beacons that work with Nearby, check out our developer blog post.

To use Nearby, just turn on Bluetooth and Location, and we'll show you a notification if a nearby app or website is available. Once you’ve opted-in, tapping on a notification takes you straight into the intended experience. If you're not interested, just swipe it away to give us a clear signal.

Nearby has started rolling out to users as part of the upcoming Google Play Services release and will work on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and above.

Thanks to GOOGLE DEVELOPERS BLOG - Posted by Akshay Kannan, Product Manager, Nearby

Today we're launching Nearby on Android, a new surface for users to discover and interact with the things around them. This extends the Nearby APIs we launched last year, which make it easy to discover and communicate with other nearby devices and beacons. Earlier this year, we also started experimenting with Physical Web beacons in Chrome for Android. With Nearby, we’re taking this a step further.

Imagine pulling up a barcode scanner when you’re at the store, or discovering an audio tour while you’re exploring a museum–these are the sorts of experiences that Nearby can enable. To make this possible, we're allowing developers to associate their mobile app or a website with a beacon.

A number of developers have already been building compelling proximity-based experiences, using beacons and Nearby:

Getting started is simple. First, get some Eddystone Beacons- you can order these from any one of Eddystone manufacturers. Android devices and and other BLE-equipped smart devices can also be configured to broadcast in the Eddystone Format.

Second, configure your beacon to point to your desired experience. This can be a mobile web page using the Physical Web, or you can link directly to an experience in your app. For users who don’t have your app, you can either provide a mobile web fallback or request a direct app install.

Nearby has started rolling out to users as part of the upcoming Google Play Services release and will work on Android devices running 4.4 (KitKat) and above. Check out ourdeveloper documentation to get started. To learn more about Nearby Notifications in Android, also check out our I/O 2016 session, starting at 17:10.