Chrome for Android Gains Eddystone Beacon Smarts
Google says the latest release of Chrome for Android supports Eddystone Bluetooth beacons and can surface what's known as "physical web" content to nearby devices. Google's Eddystone beacons can now broadcast web content, such as URLs, to Android devices within range. Google says this means developers will be able to make Android users aware of this content through notifications, which will let people see a list of web sites pertaining to nearby points of interest. For example, the Golden State Warriors basketball team is pushing highlight videos and other content to fans who attend games at Oracle Arena. This new capability is reaching Chrome 49 in the beta channel first. It will eventually be pushed out to all Android devices through the Plat Store.
Google Debuts 'Nearby' to Alerts Android Users to What's Close
Google today announced Nearby, a way for Android devices to show people relevant apps, web sites, and other information based on location. It takes the idea of the physical web, which displayed web sites of nearby businesses, a step further.
Chrome for Android Now Supports Push Notifications
Android users can now tap into push notifications from their favorite web sites. Google updated its Chrome browser this week with support for personalized notifications that come directly from the web.
Virtual Reality Comes to the Web Thanks to Chrome
Google today made it possible to view web-based virtual reality content through its Chrome browser. The latest version of Chrome for Android devices supports VR, and Google says a number of its partners have begun to add VR content to their web sites.
Chrome Gains 'Scroll Anchoring' To Keep Web Sites In Place
Google hopes the latest addition to its Chrome browser will make reading web sites less frustrating. The tool, called scroll anchoring, will prevent web sites from bouncing users up and down the screen.