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The Physical Web

The Physical Web is an effort to extend the superpower of the web - the URL - to everyday physical objects. Our premise is that you should be able to walk up to any “smart” physical object (e.g. a vending machine, a poster, a toy, a bus stop, a rental car) and interact with it without first downloading an app.

The Physical Web is an open approach to enable quick and seamless interactions with physical objects and locations.

Nearby Notifications Nearby Notifications is an Android feature available on devices running Android KitKat (4.4) and above. When you are near a bluetooth beacon (and have bluetooth enabled), you will receive a notification for the Physical Web.

Chrome on Android The Physical Web is available starting Chrome version 49 and on devices running Android KitKat (4.4) and above.

Chrome on iOS Chrome for iOS supports the Physical Web as of July 2015.