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How can beacons be detected without an app?

As of now, the native iBeacon APIs on iOS and Android do not allow discovery of beacons without a dedicated app installed on the phone. 


But since our beacons are Eddystone compliant as well. The following allows beacon detection without an app:

  • For iOSThe closest possible option is to install the Chrome app on your phone and enable Today widget for the app. This way your device will be able to discover the beacon and the Eddystone URL being transmitted by it.
  • For Android Google Chrome comes pre-installed with all Android 4.4 devices and above and thus can easily detect beacons. 


For more information on this, please checkout our relevant blog posts:

  1. http://blog.beaconstac.com/2016/03/8-ways-eddystone-and-the-physical-web-can-make-your-daily-life-easier/
  2. http://blog.beaconstac.com/2016/03/creating-an-eddystone-campaign-for-your-hotel-using-beaconstac/
  3. http://blog.beaconstac.com/2015/09/announcing-eddystone-compliant-beacons-and-the-beaconstone-app/

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