Apple iBeacon Certified Products Hit the Market

Estimote And Other Devices Now Carry the iBeacon Logo Estimote beacons are now iBeacons. Gimbal beacons have been for a while. Companies like Appflare are also carrying the iBeacon logo. Apple is now allowing device makers to affix the iBeacon brand to their Bleutooth LE enabled beacons. Qualcomm offers the following footnote (which may be […]

Apple iOS 7.1 Launches Major iBeacon Improvement

iBeacon Now Works When the App Is Closed Apple launched iOS 7.1 today and with it a major, game-changing improvement to iBeacon. As of today, once an app is installed it will “look” for beacons even if your app is shut down or you’ve rebooted your phone. We tested the functionality today to verify the […]

RadBeacon : Beyond the Battery

Not all beacons will be stuck to the underside of a shelf or above the doorway of your local shop. RadBeacon by Radius Networks is a reminder that in the battle of the beacons one of the biggest challenges is battery life – but that there’s a way to overcome it. We finally got around […]

iBeacon: Is Bluetooth On? And Other Insights from Empatika

What are the biggest challenges in designing experiences around Bluetooth LE beacons? Can we even count on consumers to have Bluetooth on? And can iBeacon technology do more than just deliver coupons? For the developers at Moscow’s Empatika the answers to these questions haven’t always come easy but they’ve come through winning strategies for user […]

Hacking iBeacon

The simplicity of iBeacon hides a deeper challenge: thinking about mobile application development in a way that relates a user experience to the physical world. They’ve discovered, I’m sure, that the simplicity of Bluetooth LE hides confounding challenges, about which we’ve written previously.  A beacon doesn’t seem to do much, after all, other than advertise […]

Urban Airship Gets Beacons

Urban Airship launched support for Bluetooth LE beacons yesterday along with other enhancements to its relationship management platform. As perhaps the leading provider of push messaging and associated technologies, Urban Airship is positioning beacon support as a natural extension of reaching consumers at the right place and time. While the news may have been drowned […]

Samsung Puts a Watch on Bluetooth LE

As expected, the new flagship Galaxy S5 supports Bluetooth LE connectivity thus putting the world on notice that iBeacon technology isn’t just for Apple. KitKat Drives Bluetooth LE The new device updates the operating system to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) and thus unlocks access to the phone’s Bluetooth LE capabilities. The version of the operating system […]

iBeacon Design Paradigms: TabViews and Cards

How do you present content on an app that interacts with Bluetooth LE or iBeacons? In most demos, the apps generally present a new view when the user comes within range of specific beacons. Think of this approach as the “pop up window” for a world of beacons. But we’re always interested in new ways […]

Apple Releases iBeacon Specification

Apple has quietly rolled out its iBeacon specification as it starts to certify devices that carry the Bluetooth LE standard. Under their MFI program, manufacturers can now request that Apple permit them to attach the iBeacon name to their devices so long as they meet certain criteria. The specifications are available after signing an NDA. […]

Android and iBeacon: Will Samsung Introduce a Bluetooth LE Framework?

Patently Apple reports that Samsung has filed a trademark for Flybell, which for all intents looks a lot like Apple’s iBeacon. They propose that the product may be launched this coming Monday along with the release of the Samsug Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Sure to be called an ‘iBeacon Competitor’ […]