Google will now suggest apps and sites for the store, airport or bar you’re at
In addition to displaying relevant apps, Nearby will also show websites relevant to your location.tech Updated: Jun 10, 2016 13:57 IST
With the thousands of apps debuting on the Play Store ever day, finding the right app for a place or time. But, several apps are designed specially for a place or job. While the second one is tougher to crack, Google has taken a step in the direction of suggesting the best app possible for the place you’re at.
“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 things that can be helpful near you,” said Google in a Blog Post.
In addition to displaying relevant apps, Nearby will also show websites relevant to your location. Stores, theatres and more can add their beacons that trigger the Nearby feature and inform all the Android phones in the vicinity to suggest an app or website.
To use Nearby, all you need to do is keep your Bluetooth and Location switched on. Google will 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. Nearby works on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and above, so update your phone’s software and Play services to get on board.