WiFi Aware makes it easy for smartphones running on Android 8 and later versions, to interconnect. It is a Neighbour Awareness Networking (NAN) that can discover and connect directly without the connectivity between them. The API will help in discovering the devices and connect them to a network to send short messages and share data.
The search giant said that Wi-Fi Aware supports Bluetooth connectivity across longer distances for higher throughput rates.
Wi-Fi Alliance is supported by possible use cases that use this tech are:
- View a restaurant menu without an internet connection
- Securely sending a document to a printer without first logging onto the network
- Streamline airport security, immigration, and custom processing flows with the help of mobile identification (ID)
- Timestamp and automate school roll-call and check-ins
WifiNanScan App is also a part of the Play Store listing that obtains a distance measurement with a precision of 1 to 15 meters. The tool adds some enhancements in Android 12 in the Wi-Fi Aware that address and improve lost connections.