Google added its Near feature to Android phones in 2015 and updated to version 2.0 almost a year ago. The premise is simple: your phone listens for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and inaudible sounds to find out if you are near other capable devices. Stores or brands often use BLE beacons that transmit information to compatible devices, but it also has other uses. You can play games, send messages to your friends and even share files. It is not just for commercial use, and as such, we will receive assistance to get Chromebooks, according to two recent commitments made in the Chromium Gerrit.
These confirmations suggest adding the API near Chrome OS, something that Chromebook users can greatly benefit from. Not only are they portable and they are more likely to appear, but it also allows them to communicate with Android devices. Taking into account the Android function of Chrome OS in recent months with many new additions, that part is not so surprising. You can receive the same notifications as regular smartphone users when they go on a trip, which includes viewing BLE beacons.
What other uses does the nearby API have? Not much, at this time. You might recognize other nearby Chromebook users, but what you could do with that information is limited. Chrome OS is not used exactly as a gaming platform, unlike Android, where it might make sense. Nor is it usually used as a messaging platform; users turn to third-party applications for that. It could be useful to connect to your own smartphone, since the Nearby API also allows file transfer. It must be implemented correctly for users to use it in full, so let’s wait and see what Google does with it once it arrives. Everything is going well, we will see that it reaches a Canarian construction in the coming days. If there are no problems, we will see it on a stable branch within a few weeks