Google’s Awareness API is now out, filled with promise and potential for abuse
#Google ‘s new Awareness API – part of @Google Play Services – is legitimately cool. In theory.Announced at I/O, it allows apps to access what you’re doing, in a general sense, and then give you information based on that status. For now, the API offers two ways for apps to monitor your current status, per Google’s blog post.
Both of these obviously have promise. The ability for Google Play Music to suggest a walking-appropriate playlist when you have headphones connected and are moving is exactly the sort of “giving you what you want before you know you want it” behavior Google has been striving to give us for years. It’s the future. The Snapshot API could use your current location – a store, for example – to suggest a coupon for that store. It all sounds, to use the parlance of our times, delightful.