It's not even been more than a week since Apple announced its HomeKit API. The company also hinted at the future technology that would, in fact use the sensors in the iPhones to unlock your house and other futuristic actions. But this is just something that could possibly happen in future.
Google, on the other hand, is on the verge of coming up with its new app that is likely to rival against Apple's aforementioned technology. We are talking about the rumored Google Nearby, which has surfaced online, courtesy of Android Police.
The website claims that Nearby will automate a lot of activities and actions, without the user having to interact with the phone.
Android Police also posted the copy from the Nearby on-boarding screen, which reads, "Nearby lets you connect, share, and do more with people, places, and things near you. When Nearby is turned on for your account, Google can periodically turn on the mic, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and similar features on all your current and future devices. Google+ and other Google services need this access to help you connect, share, and more."
Also it was reportedly said that the users on Nearby will be able to choose who and which service they are visible to, similar to any social media profile. This is a crucial privacy step and there are hints that users will be able to completely opt out of Nearby, just like they can with Google Now.
Additionally, Nearby could be useful for reminders, or other location-based interactions. Besides the obvious applications like the previously rumored contact-based reminders, the feature could have huge potential for other areas.
If you are wondering about the availability of the app, It's not disclosed as of now and nor any rumors have appeared hinting it. But we could be seeing things related to its at the Google IO which is just round the corner.