Google Preparing “Nearby”, a New Android Feature That Lets People and Places Know Where You Are
In what appears to be yet another breach of intimacy Google is preparing a Nearby feature for Android. Obviously, the fault will be totally yours if you get caught cheating, because you activated the feature and it was optional, so Google washes its hands of blame.
Anyway, the Nearby function will let “people, places and things know when you’re around them”, which is pretty much what defines this experience. This new feature will arrive with the upcoming Google Play Services update and right now it’s only a rumor, so don’t bet on it. With Nearby you can connect, share and do more with people, places and things, apparently. Google will also be able to periodically turn on the mic, WiFi, Bluetooth and similar features on all your devices.
Google+ and other Google services will use this feature to help you connect to users and places. Imagine finding someone you know in the movie theater, or finding a meeting location with Nearby, because all the people you want to see are there. This would also work for a concert venue and it has severall other applications. But then there’s the spying on people aspect, that some of us will be tempted to do…