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Android apps can now react to your environment

Cool feature! Apps are becoming smarter and smarter. Hopefully, they will really make our lives easier and not get on our nerves. Also, I wonder it smart apps would stop people from thinking and remembering things. Will they make us dumb? Well, we will see.


What if the apps on your phone knew where you were, what you were doing, what’s nearby, and even what the weather was like outside, and then combined this information to react intelligently to your current situation? Would that be creepy or amazing? We will soon find out, it seems. At this week’s Google I/O conference, the company introduced new tools for app developers that will allow them to create applications that customize themselves to a user’s current context.

For example, a streaming music application could display an energetic playlist when you plug in your headphones and start jogging.

Or perhaps an app could alert you to stop by the pharmacy to pick up your medications – but it would only do so if you were driving, near the store, and the store was actually open.

To make these sorts of smarter applications possible, Google is introducing a new “Awareness API” which will become available shortly after its I/O conference wraps.

Effectively, this API…

Read the entire article from TechCrunch here: Android apps can now react to your environment


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