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SDK will let Android users join the iBeacon party

Radius Networks, a provider of mobile proximity services, has released its software development kit for Android iBeacon location services.

The iBeacon is a short range, Bluetooth Low Energy transmitter that can notify mobile devices when it comes within 100 feet of the beacon location. The feature was rolled out when Apple released iOS 7 last month.

"The release of iOS 7 makes it possible to develop some pretty cool proximity-aware apps for iPhone and iPad devices," David Young, chief engineer at Radius Networks, said in a news release. "With our new Android iBeacon SDK, you can now build the same innovative proximity-aware apps for any Bluetooth Low Energy-capable mobile device running Android 4.3 or higher."

Radius said the micro-location proximity awareness can be leveraged to deliver several new innovative solutions, such as precision indoor navigation, automatic ticketing, guided museum tours and location-relevant offers and promotions.

"The proximity-aware solutions from our customers and partners are truly inspiring, and Apple has done the industry a great service by championing the iBeacon approach," Radius Networks CEO Marc Wallace said in the release. "Unfortunately, up to now, iBeacon support has been limited to Apple iPhone and iPads only. But no longer. By releasing our Android iBeacon SDK under the open source Apache 2 license, we expect to see amazing, innovative, proximity-aware applications from the creative minds of the Android development community."

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