An interesting reading
Originally posted on MAKE:
Back in June last year—at WWDC—Apple quietly announced iBeacon. It didn’t even get a mention in the keynote, appearing in just a single slide about “…some other features in the SDK.” But for hardware people it was actually one of the most prominent features of Apple’s latest OS release, and my Twitter feed exploded. People are always looking for new levers to enable them to do new things.
I’m not really going to talk here about the—interesting and somewhat telling—split between Google, which initially relied on NFC technology and only recently have grudgingly added Bluetooth LE support to Android, and Apple, which avoided NFC and concentrated on finding alternatives utilizing both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE—for instance by rolling out AirDrop as an alternative to Google’s now shuttered Bump file-sharing service. While I think the choice of those competing technologies actually tells us a lot about the two companies—that’s another…
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