Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Introducing AltBeacon - an Open Source Alternative to Apple's iBeacon

Following the recent withdrawal of their AndroidIBeaconLibrary product, which provided Android devices with an invitation to the iBeacon party, Radius Networks have revealed a (sort of) replacement solution.

Their AltBeacon initiative provides an open source specification that provides very similar functionality to Apple's iBeacon spec, but without violating Apple's IP.

There's more on this, including an interview with Radius Networks' CEO, over at beekn.net.

Getting up to speed should not be a problem for anyone familiar with the iBeacon spec and, true to Radius Networks m.o. examples and source code have already been made available (accessible via links on the AltBeacons home page).

Interoperability is key for me, so I'm looking forward to extending the iBeacon Scanner app to accommodate AltBeacons alongside iBeacons...maybe it's time to drop the "i" from the app name too? ;)

Sunday, 20 July 2014

New version of iBeacon Scanner Free now available

Version 1.1 of iBeacon Scanner Free is available to download from Google Play.

I've added functionality that allows the user to list output files from previous scans, delete files, and email files to a recipient that they can configure via the app's Settings screen. Delete and email functions operate on a single file, the ability to work with multiple files is planned for a future version.

Updated source code is available on github.

I'd love to hear any requests for features you may have, and if anyone who has used the app could spare a few minutes to review it on Google Play that'd be very greatly appreciated.

Thanks to all who've downloaded the app so far, I hope it's been useful. :)