Neer is a new Android-based app developed by Qualcomm that allows users to share their location privately and automatically with the people within their networks. Unlike other location check-in platforms like Foursquare, which broadcast a user’s location publicly, in order to receive updates from Neer, both parties must already have one other’s contact information stored in their phone address books along with having the app installed.
Beyond the privacy aspect, what makes Neer unique, is that it enables users to create a ‘geo-fence’ around specific places – home, work, school – based on an individual’s predetermined choices. When a user enters or exits one of these zones, a geo-alert automatically updates their inner circle to the change (e.g. leaving work or at home). An ideal service for families to passively know one another’s whereabouts with out the need to text or call.
Neer is free to download from the Android market and will also be soon available for both iPhone and the web.