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Upcoming Android feature reportedly lets nearby devices automatically interact

07
Jun
2014

Google is said to be working on a new Android feature that allows phones and tablets to automatically connect with devices and places very close around them, according to Android Police. While it isnt clear exactly what Nearby would be used for, the implication is that your Android phone might be able to easily interact with a friends phone, or a smart device in your home, or a hidden beacon in a store providing deals. One use will reportedly allow Android users to set a reminder thats triggered the next time they see a specific person. Nearby would automatically access a phones mic to determine whats nearbyTo do all of this, Android Police reports that every so often Nearby will automatically turn on a devices Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and microphone.

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