Chrome for iOS adds Internet of Things support
Google has updated Chrome for iOS with a support for the Physical Web, among other things.
Chrome 44 has begun rolling out to iPhones and iPads, bringing a host of improvements and tweaks.
One particular new feature catches the eye, however. Google has added “support for accessing Physical Web content from the Today view.”
Google’s Physical Web is an open source project aimed at letting you communicate with connected devices – think vending machines, parking metres, and other such devices that can all communicate in an Internet of Things kind of way – using your smartphone, without the need for a specific app.
With this update, such devices can communicate with Chrome for iOS users through the iOS Today view. This means that a prompt will appear in the Notification Center on your iPhone.
As VentureBeat explains, the new Chrome widget will scan your area for URLs being broadcasted by Physical Web devices. It will display the results of such scans according to proximity.
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Another notable improvement in Chrome 44 for iOS is the ability to move back and forward between web pages by swiping left and right. This will move you between web pages accessed on a single tab.
Naturally, Google has also implemented the usual “stability improvements and bug fixes.”
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