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Google shuts down Nearby Notifications due to too much spam

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Google's Nearby API has been available for years and had simplified a lot of close communication between devices, but you'll probably have forgotten about it unless you've ran across its notifications. In Lebanon, some malls and stores use beacons to broadcast notifications to passersby, and so far, the situation has been more or less tolerable. However, it seems some places were abusing the API to bombard users with spam, and so the Nearby Notifications feature is being shut down.

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Google shuts down Nearby Notifications due to too much spam was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook is testing a map view for its Nearby Friends feature

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

It's easy to forget lately, but Facebook was built around the concept of staying connected to your real-life friends and family. Some features still help you do that. For example, Nearby Friends, which lets you know approximately where friends in your general area are. Now, Facebook is working on a logical extension of that idea: a map that plots the rough locations of friends in your area.

This information comes to us by way of prolific Facebook feature leaker Jane Manchun Wong.

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Facebook is testing a map view for its Nearby Friends feature was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google may bring proximity-based Nearby API to Chromebooks

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Last year, Google released v2.0 of its "Nearby Connections" API, which allows for your gadgets to communicate with other devices in close proximity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It was a part of the overall "Nearby" package, which also includes a few other systems for more specific applications, including messaging and notifications. According to a pair of commits recently spotted by the folks at XDA Developers, these Nearby APIs may be coming to Chromebooks. 

So far, Google's plans for Chromebooks seem to align with the previous use cases for Android tablets, so it isn't surprising to see additional Android features like the Nearby API set coming to the platform.

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Google may bring proximity-based Nearby API to Chromebooks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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