Google introduces Nearby, location-based app suggestions

Google introduces Nearby, location-based app suggestions

Just when we thought that apps couldn’t be more bothersome to be downloaded for single use, Google has introduced a new service that’s coming soon on your mobile. It’s called Nearby and the name itself will give some answers on how it works.


Since Play Store apps are mostly created for use in specific locations or situations, as per Google’s blog post, the Nearby feature will use your current coordinates and Bluetooth connectivity to push app suggestions depending on your location. For example, you’re in a museum and to make your visit more trivial, it will buzz you a related app. Or, while waiting for your flight, the airline’s app will be suggested for download just in case you want it.


And if you have a Google Cast or Android Wear device around, it can push the notification to the wearable and a single tap can accept the request.

Nearby is part of the upcoming Google Play Services update and will work on Android 4.4 KitKat and above.


This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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