Which beacon shines brighter: Eddystone or iBeacon?

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It always made sense that Google would eventually enter the beacon space. In many ways, it’s surprising that Google didn’t get there first. After all, the technology is essentially putting cookies into physical spaces and bringing many of the same technology we use on the web to the physical world. The tracking, advertising, contextual aware potential of the technology made it a Google...

By Mike Crooks, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, IoT, Location.

Unleash your users' sensor data with Sense360

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Modern devices are packed with sensors, but few apps take advantage of the data provided due to how complex it can be to make sense of it all. Sense360 aims to change this through enabling your applications to capture, combine, and analyse data from a variety of sources in order to create intelligent new mobile experiences.

Even...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Location, Mobile.

SXSW: Google plans to open 'Now' with new API

Google Now is an incredible tool, and yet still has so much unrealised potential. The location-aware service aims to offer the user relevant information as and when it is needed. Unfortunately this has been reserved to Google's own apps and some close partners, and left some developers itching to help bolster it into something truly awesome…

Luckily, it doesn't seem we have that much longer to wait. Aparna Chennapragada, Director of Product Management for Google Now, has said the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Location, Wearables.

Play Store launches in China (without the Play Store)

Today, Google has announced the ability for Chinese developers to launch both their free and paid apps to more than 130 other countries who have access to the Play Store. The only caveat is that, although merchant support has launched, citizens are still unable to access it themselves.

If you develop Android apps in China, and want to start distributing your apps to a global audience through Google Play, visit

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, Location, Monetisation.

iOS Significant Location Change (SLC) in iOS 7.0 and 7.1

Since the introduction of iOS 4.0, in which multitasking was first introduced to the platform, Apple included a feature known as Significant Location Change (SLC) that would allow the OS to 'wake-up' a suspended or killed app to notify it that the device has physically move a 'significant distance'. When woken up, the app would be allowed to run for a minimal amount of time in the background to perform whatever location-oriented task it has to do, and then the OS would suspend the app again. Though straightforward in concept, the actual implementation of SLC was a bit of dark...

By Matt Vlasach, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Location.

Why iBeacons has developers excited about Bluetooth Low Energy

The iPhone 4S was the first commercial product to ship with Bluetooth 4.0. At the time, the technology got some attention from industry observers who speculated about its potential - especially around a new technology called Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Since it was released devices such as FitBit, UP and the Pebble SmartWatch have helped to demonstrate some of the possibilities of the technology. With iOS 7, Apple is extending the possibilities of BLE with iBeacons.

BLE?

Originally a Nokia...

By Mubaloo, 07 October 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS, Location.

Is ‘iBeacons’ the unexpected (awesome) iOS7 feature?

Along with every major iOS release arrives a host of new APIs; many of the best enhancements aren’t on display to the public, but underlying waiting for developers to create fantastic applications which utilise them.

‘iBeacons’ could be one of the most game-changing.

Apple likes to boast new major features and then move on to a presentation slide with a variety of the smaller additions. This year, many noticed iBeacons, but had little explanation to its usage; now some developers have...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Languages, Location, Platforms, Testing.

TomTom launches digital mapping developer platform

Digital mapping firm TomTom has launched a Location Based Services (LBS) Platform and Developer Portal to allow developers to harness its location technology for web and mobile app creation.

The company has long been one of the leaders in the field, providing maps, navigation and traffic information to all sorts of devices and interfaces for over 20 years. It provides mapping for some of the leaders in mobile, names like RIM, Apple and HTC.

However, the increasing power of mapping and navigation services that...

By Matt Henkes, 16 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Location.

More open data required for future location apps

Large organisations like transport operators have a wealth of data that needs to be opened up to location app developers, according to Phillip Gontier, VP and GM of Poynt, an award winning local search app.

Speaking on a geo-location panel at Apps World Europe this week, Gontlier said he wanted to see a lot of organisations open their data up to developers.

Imagine what could be done ahead of the 2012 olympics if developers could get their hands on the information that Transport for London holds, he said....

By Matt Henkes, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Location, Marketing.