Which Beacons are Compatible with iOS and Android?

We often get asked the question which beacons are compatible with iOS and Android. All beacons, whether sold by us or purchased elsewhere can be used with iOS and Android. However, there are some caveats:

  • Android only supported Bluetooth LE as of Android 4.3. Older devices can’t see Bluetooth beacons. As at the time of writing this, the Google Dashboard shows that 95% of users are on Android 4.3 or later. Most people with recent Android devices can see both iBeacon and Eddystone beacons.
  • Apple iOS doesn’t have background support for Eddystone. While iOS apps can scan for, see and act on Eddystone beacons, the iOS operating system isn’t going to start up your app when there’s an Eddystone beacon in the vicinity.

Also see Which Beacon’s Are the Most Compatible?