The Physical “Web” Comes to Chrome for Android

Marks Google Bluetooth (Beacons) and his “physical Web” (Physical Web) are some of the biggest bets of Mountain View boys so our mobile devices to communicate with the environment that surrounds them, such as public transport, shops and museums.

The “Physical web” consists of one Mark Google’s Bluetooth Eddystone and a URL that leads to a web application. When your device detects those Bluetooth beacons will show us a notification with all their web addresses. The user will only have to open the notification and open the web application to interact.

A practical example is that you can see in the video above with a parking meter with “Physical Web”. Our device detects that we are opposite the parking meter, look notifications and see that it has detected it, open the notification and we see that you have a web application that allows us to select the time and pay with your mobile. The “physical web” opens an endless possibilities of interaction with our mobile with what surrounds us.

Chrome for Android will detect the beacons of the physical “Web”

To enjoy the physical “Web” not you need to have installed any special application. We know today that the “physical Web” comes to Chrome for Android starting from version 49, currently in Beta, but which will soon be in its stable version.

Chrome for Android It will detect the beacons of the physical “Web”, and it will show us a notification silently, it won’t make any sound so as not to disturb us. Responsible for notifying the user that there is a “Physical Web” is the environment with their respective logos, as currently happens with QR codes and tags NFC.

The advantage of the “physical Web” is that the user does not have or that scan a code or a sticker approaching the mobile, will only have to unlock the screen and open the notifications.