Upcoming Android feature reportedly lets nearby devices automatically interact

Google is said to be working on a new Android feature that allows phones and tablets to automatically connect with devices and places very close around them, according to Android Police. The feature, called Nearby, might allow people to easily share information with others or receive deals from stores that they’re in. Nearby will reportedly be announced in the near future — possibly at Google’s I/O conference later this month.

While it isn’t clear exactly what Nearby would be used for, the implication is that your Android phone might be able to easily interact with a friend’s phone, or a smart device in your home, or a hidden beacon in a store providing deals. One use will reportedly allow Android users to set a reminder that’s…

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