[Q] What do HMS Core Nearby Service Brings People?

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By Jack Wu Shenzhen, Member on 25th March 2020, 11:21 AM
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Human beings all have the instinct for social interaction. We always want to connect to everyone and everything. How can we connect to nearby services quickly and have in-depth interactions with surrounding people and environments? Nearby Service gives more than you can imagine, making nearby connections as natural as a normal conversation.

01 About HUAWEI Nearby Service

HUAWEI Nearby Service makes it easy for users to interact with nearby people, devices, and environments using technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LTE. The service provides Nearby Connection and Nearby Message APIs to implement various nearby communication scenarios.
02 Application Scenarios
High-Speed Large File Transfers Without Connecting to the Internet
High data tariffs and unstable signals are a hindrance for people wanting to share content from wherever they like. Nearby Service offers a solution that enables users to communicate even without a connection to the Internet. Thanks to Huawei proprietary data transmission protocols, Nearby Service outperforms its competitors in terms of device discovery speed and transmission bandwidth. It just takes a second for users to transfer any type of file.
Interaction Makes Games More Fun
Nearby Service provides a better gaming experience for users even when they are not connected to the Internet. As a result, a smartphone can function as a joystick and be used to play games on a connected large screen such as a TV. Alternatively, a smartphone can be transformed into a motion sensor gadget for an immersive somatosensory game experience.
In addition, direct connections can be set up for seamless gaming with friends rapidly. Meet your friends offline and have a few rounds of card games without having to prepare anything.
What Else Is Available for Nearby Users?
With a function that allows the discovery of nearby devices, Nearby Service is capable of far more than just multiplayer gaming. Take the example of an in-store transaction between a user and a shopkeeper. No longer does the user need to scan a QR code to make the payment. Instead, Nearby Service can automatically discover the nearby shopkeeper's device and complete the transfer within one second.
In the same way, a user can find nearby friends easily and create a private group to chat or transfer money.
Connections can only be made with users who are nearby, preventing money unintentionally being transferred to the wrong person located further away. You wouldn't want anyone not at the party to get all the cash, would you?
Services Anytime and Anywhere
Nearby Service lets app developers deliver assisting messages at the right moment and the right place to users. When a user approaches a shopping mall, scenic spot, or airport, a Bluetooth beacon can be used to push information, preferences, and reminders to the user, further blurring the boundary between the digital world and the real world.
Take a shopping mall as an example. A user walks near a commodity and receives commodity details and related recommendations from Nearby Service. The user then goes to the cashier and receives information about discounts. After making the payment, the user goes to the underground parking lot where the car's location is displayed by Nearby Service with directions to get to the car.
Nearby Service provides a Bluetooth beacon management tool for shopping mall operations personnel to provide all these services easily. With the tool, they can manage messages using a Bluetooth beacon and obtain customer flow statistics and professionally-conducted analysis as a reference for future marketing activities.
03 Streamlined Integration Process
Nearby Service provides user-friendly APIs. The integration is just a piece of cake. For guidance of integrating Nearby Service into your app, please go to the HUAWEI Developer website, where you will find the step-by-step integration guide, sample code, and API references. You can also contact us by work order at for further technical assistance.
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