Google’s next Play Services update will reportedly have a “Nearby” feature


Google already reminds you where you parked your car or whether your significant other popped into the bar on the commute home, but it’s not stopping there. According to a report from Android Police, the company’s next big Play Services update will include a new feature called Nearby. Apparently, it will enable you to connect with people, places, and things near you. You’ll be able to set actions around any of these criteria through Google Now, too. Android Police secured this copy from a leaked screen with a brief overview of its features: Nearby lets you connect, share, and do more with people, places, and things near you.

A couple of months ago, we posted one of our early Google Search/Now rumors, and it was something of a long range rumor compared to others. While things like parking reminders, proper timer management, and bill pay reminders have already seen their public release, the ability to set contact-based reminders (“remind me when I’m with this person”), hasn’t come forward yet. But it will likely appear very soon with a new feature in Android called Nearby, which will allow new interactions between you and nearby people, places, and things. We’ve received information indicating that Nearby will come with an upcoming Google Play Services update. While we still caution readers that anything related to a leak can change, we are not treating this as a rumor, as our information is reliable and complete enough to inspire full confidence that this functionality will be revealed (in an official capacity) soon.

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