Google releases ‘WifiNanScan App’ on Play Store to measure distance between phones. For the previous a number of Android releases, Google has been engaged on native discovery applied sciences that apps can reap the benefits of to search out close by objects and customers. Its newest contribution is the Google Play launch of a “WifiNanScan App” for builders to experiment with Wi-Fi Conscious.
Wi-Fi Conscious — also referred to as Neighbor Consciousness Networking (NAN) — permits Android 8.0+ units to “uncover and join instantly to one another with out every other sort of connectivity between them,” like an lively web connection. The APIs work to find close by units and create community connections that may “share massive quantities of information” or ship brief messages.
Google says this expertise helps “increased throughput charges throughout longer distances than Bluetooth connections.” Doable use circumstances touted by the Wi-Fi Alliance embody:
- Securely ship a doc to a printer with out first logging onto the community
- View a restaurant menu and make a reservation whereas strolling by with out an web connection, even when the restaurant is closed
- Automate and timestamp college check-ins and roll-call
- Streamline airport safety, customs, and immigration processing flows utilizing cellular identification (ID) resembling a driver’s license or passport with out requiring vacationers to current a bodily ID
Earlier this week, Developed with Google launched the WifiNanScan App (Play Retailer) to exhibit how you should use NAN to to get the space between two units:
With this app it’s potential to acquire a distance measurement with a precision of approximately 1 meter with telephones as much as 15 meters aside. Builders, OEMs and researchers can use this device to validate distance/vary measurements enabling the event of peer-to-peer ranging and knowledge switch, discover my telephone and context-aware functions primarily based on the WiFi Conscious/NAN API.
It enhances the WifiRttScan App launched two years in the past to make use of Wi-Fi Spherical Journey Time for indoor positioning as a substitute for GPS.
In Android 12, Google made some enhancements to Wi-Fi Conscious, together with effectivity enhancements and addressing misplaced connections.