Google does beacon and facial recognition APIs for Android




Google has released a new version of its Play Services service released for Android. In this new version, numbered 7.8, there are two new APIs. One is to communicate with people in the neighborhood, and the other is intended for facial recognition.

An explanation of the new features is the Google Blog. These are features that the Internet giant announced earlier, but now his only rolled out to Android users. The rollout would already have been completed and there is also made available an SDK for developers. Google Play Services 7.8 contains a number of new features that software developers can use in their applications, including Nearby Messages- and Mobile Vision-api.

Nearby Messages is a beacon’-like technology that can communicate with other Android users located nearby. The technology allows users to connect with bluetooth, wifi, or by using ultrasound. Moreover, the technology is also available for IOS users. After setting up a connection, content can be exchanged or, messages can be sent over and over again. It is an extension of a technology that Google had already been introduced to users located near each other to get together gaming.

The Mobile Vision API is an extension of the existing face recognition api. The new version is of course possible to recognize faces, the software also from a “difficult” one face angle can distinguish. Thereby it is possible to detect whether the person depicted’s eyes are open or closed, and whether he or she is smiling. The software can operate in real time and can handle both photos and videos.

Finally, Google Play Services 7.8 expanded its cloud service to deliver notifications. There is support for recognition of the language and location settings for Android devices, to adjust on the basis of notifications. Furthermore, priority will be given to notifications; those will be delivered as soon as possible with a high priority, while notifications with less priority example, can be bundled together to send at a later stage; This should save the battery.

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