Hello all beacon fans!
I have been playing with Estimote beacons and Android devices for a while now, I am not convinced…
I have tried different CMS providers (Bleesk, Pushmote, Rover) and Estimote demo apps.
It is not working as I would expect. Sometimes I get notifications right away, sometimes it fires with 30 min delay with no reason. Customer could be on his way home by then
I noticed it works differently across different handsets. On HTC M8 beacons “disappear” after a few minutes and device will not see it again for at least 30 min. Of course you can restart bluetooth…
On Sony E3, situation is a bit better, but has own flaws. It discovers beacons much better with a few random disappearances and you get notifications 10 min later.
I would understand if it happens with no-name Chinese devices, but it is HTC, Sony or even Samsung
Another extrema I’ve noticed with Pushmote and Rover, happens after that “silent period”. You suddenly get a few notifications immediately, it pays no attention to delay between notifications setting.
Where’s the problem? Is it SDK? Is it Android? Is it me?
I am very new in the field, maybe I am missing something. Different Android handsets have different characteristics. Maybe Bluetooth Low Energy technology is not mature yet across different devices?
All the SDKs for Android are usually < v1.0. The priority number one is iOS. Android seems to be behind.
Is anyone using beacons with Android in the real environment? Have you noticed any similar problems?
Thanks in advance!