Last week we released our latest iteration of the PHY Browser (aka PHY.net Physical Web Browser) and in the last two releases, we have really made strides in providing valuable features that we hear our users asking for. I'm going to give a quick overview of what we have included in our browser and where you can find it.
We heard many of our customers asking for notifications and how to increase awareness for Physical Web beacons so we have released passive notifications which are generated from Physical Web beacons when the user has the iOS app downloaded and running in the background. We are not able to generate a notification for the presence of Physical Web beacons unless the app is running so if you'd like to see this in action, make sure you leave your PHY Browser running at all times as you're out and about.
We've also added a brand new feature which allows users to "browse" url based qr codes. This shows the same type of browsable preview experience as Physical Web beacons where we use the metadata to create a card based preview in the app.
1.) Download the PHY.net Browser.
2.) Explore and preview nearby TouchPoints including Physical Web beacons. Tap the card to be taken to the destination URL behind the card.
3.) Leave the browser open to get notifications of newly discovered area Physical Web beacons.
4.) Browse and preview URL-based QR codes to discover what it might hold before going to the destination. Tap the preview card to be taken to the underlying destination URL. This allows users to decide if they're interested in what a QR code holds BEFORE going to the destination!
The user experience for the Android version is just about the same. Download and let us know what you think!