Google has launched a new WifiNanScan app for developers on the Google Play store. The feature will calculates the distance between two smartphones with the help of the Wi-Fi Aware protocol.
According to Google, “The WifiNanScan app measures the distance between two smartphones using the Wi-Fi Aware protocol (also called Neighborhood Aware Networking(NAN)). It’s designed as research, demonstration, and testing tool for developers, vendors, universities, and more”.
The app is designed as a tool for developers, researchers, demonstrators who want to carry out developments and testing of their applications.
What is WiFi Aware?
The app allows all devices running Android 8.0 and above to “discover and connect directly to each other without any other type of Internet Connection or Bluetooth connection.”
This feature was first spotted by 9to5Google. With this app it is possible to obtain a distance measurement with a precision of about 1 meter with phones up to 15 meters apart. Developers, OEMs and researchers can use this tool to validate distance/range measurements enabling the development of peer-to-peer ranging and data transfer, find my phone and context-aware applications based on the WiFi Aware/NAN API, Google says in its description.
Wi-Fi Aware is also known as Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN).
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As per the search giant, this Wi-Fi Aware supports “higher throughput rates across longer distances than Bluetooth connections.”
Developers can also use this technology in their apps to find nearby users and devices. The new WifiNanScan app is free to download on the Google Play store under the Tools category.
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