Using Radar for App Development

There are a ton of tools available for app developers in today’s market. Some of them can be quite helpful depending on what you want to do with your app. Today, I am going to take a look at Radar and a few of their offerings.

Radar is a location platform for mobile apps. Radar provides tools that help app developers add location tracking and context to their apps. For example, a shopping app can send a push notification when someone walks into a Walmart or a Starbucks. Or, a travel app may to change the in-app experience when someone is traveling and at an airport. Or a delivery app can help track all the delivery drivers. App developers can use our iOS and Android toolkits (software development kits, or “SDKs”) to add these capabilities to their apps in just a few lines of code. Building these capabilities from scratch can take weeks or months, but integrating Radar takes only a few hours.
Radar has three core features:
  • Geofencing. With Geofencing, Radar will tell you when a user enters custom regions (“geofences”) that you draw on a map. Geofences can be circles or polygons, and they might represent stores, neighborhoods, or other regions depending on your use case.
  • Insights. With Insights, Radar will learn where a user lives and works, and tell you when a user is at home, at work, or traveling.
  • Places. With Places, Radar will tell you when a user is at a place, a chain (e.g., Starbucks), or a category (e.g., airport), even if you haven’t set up a geofence for that place.

As you can see from the above features, this tool could be really handy if you need or want to use location services at all in your app. There is also a free option for smaller apps if you want to check it out before committing any money.

Have you tried this tool? If so, let me know what you think in the comments.

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