Leak suggests Google will soon unveil Nearby location tracking service


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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 (the definition of a noun!) 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.

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.

When you turn on Nearby, you're also turning on Location History for your account and Location Reporting for this device. Google needs these services to periodically store your location data for use by Nearby, other Google services, and more.

Google has acquired quite a few companies that would contribute to this sort of technology, including Bump and SlickLogin. There was also a subtle reference to it in the Android Wear promotional video. Android Police also has screens of the feature, located in Android’s location settings.

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Google I/O is coming at the end of the month. I wouldn’t be too surprised if this particular feature is part of the keynote.

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