We are excited to announce that our beacons are now Eddystone compliant! Starting this week, we are shipping Eddystone compliant beacons to anyone who places an order for a Beaconstac kit.
To give you a quick preview of Eddystone, it’s the new beacon format Google announced in July this year. It is cross-platform and is capable of supporting Android, iOS or any platform that supports BLE beacons. One of the main reasons for the excitement around Eddystone is the ‘Eddystone-URL’ packet that it broadcasts. The Eddystone-URL packet makes it possible for businesses to push content to a prospective customer’s phone even when it doesn’t have the business’ app installed on it.
The point to note here is that, currently there is only the ‘Physical Web’ browser in Android that is capable of receiving this packet. In case of iOS, the Chrome browser supports Eddystone-URLs, once you enable the ‘Today’ notification in your iOS device. This new Chrome feature works within the Chrome Today widget on the Notification Center Today view. It’s not that the Chrome browser will automatically open and show the web page.
If you have been looking to get your hands on Eddystone compliant beacons, be sure to check out our Beaconstac kits. Many of you would already be aware of the Beaconstac Kit – a ‘full stack’ solution for beacon implementations.
For those who don’t know about, here’s what the kit includes:
- Enterprise-grade beacons
- Feature-rich Beaconstac app
- Access to our cloud-based proximity and analytics platform, Beaconstac
To know about the various types of kits we provide or to buy the kits right away, check out our Beaconstac Kits now!
As part of our move towards dual support for iBeacon and Eddystone beacons, we have made available the ‘BeaconStone’ Android app – a useful scanner app that can detect both iBeacon and Eddystone-compliant beacons, from any manufacturer.
Using the app, you can:
– Filter beacons based on whether they’re broadcasting Eddystone or iBeacon packets
– Sort beacons by signal strength, major and minor numbers
– View telemetry information, temperature, and URL for Eddystone beacons
Download the app from Google Play Store now! Check out the app and share your thoughts in the comments below.