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Beacons & Apps: Power Couple

Like peanut butter and jelly, and Ernie and Bert, beacons and apps are better together. Beacons need apps to recognize their unique identifiers and facilitate their associated interactions. Apps need beacons for real world context; to deliver the transformative mobile experiences at the intersection of time and place the hardware enables. Together, beacons and apps are unstoppable: the Beyoncé and Jay-Z of the location-sensing industry. Because of this interdependence, consumer adoption and sustained use of beacon-enabled mobile apps is critical to beacons’ success. Some even see crossing this mobile app-gateway as the industry’s biggest challenge. But there’s good news. A batch of recent studies provide encouraging stats on the rise in our use of apps, and big changes made by the mobile app gatekeepers – Apple and Google – are making app discovery and search easier than ever before. So this week’s post is all about apps. Let’s break it…

Beacons & iOS8

It’s been over a week since Apple’s high-profile WWDC. In the days leading up to the event, many speculated this would be the year of the iBeacon. After the technology’s surreptitious introduction at last year’s conference, developers and members of the press expected the technology to feature squarely in Apple’s plans for the coming year. And Apple didn’t disappoint. Never before has the future of one technology been as heavily foreshadowed and discussed without actual mention of the technology itself. Indeed, Apple CEO Tim Cook never mentioned the iBeacon by name once within his two hour keynote. Nevertheless, with the press and developer communities having spent the past week dissecting every announcement out of Cupertino, it is clear that many of the changes to Apple’s mobile operating system – the upcoming features of iOS8 – will have huge implications for the use, adoption, and impact of beacon technology. Here we…