Google introduces a new file sharing feature for Android users and it is much similar to the AirDrop by Apple

According to the International Data Corporation, Google’s Android accounts for more than 85 percent of total smartphone usage across the globe, but it lacked a proper file-sharing system like Apple’s AirDrop which lets file sharing easily across all Apple devices.

So, after much consideration, Google is now launching a new feature, called ‘Nearby Share.’ With the help of this feature, your Android device will be able to detect all the compatible devices in close proximity, and this will eventually let you share files easily with other nearby Android devices.

When you will choose the recipient of the file, your phone will automatically choose the best option to share that file, whether through Bluetooth or via Wi-Fi. This means that the ‘Nearby Share’ feature will work effortlessly when your phone is offline too.

Also, another interesting thing is that you can choose whether you want to send or receive a file anonymously. There are options available and you can choose whether you want to appear as hidden or visible to some or all of your contacts.

Apple’s AirDrop works seamlessly across all Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, and Mac devices. ‘Nearby Share’ feature will be available in Chromebooks in the coming months. It will be available on all Android phones that have the Android versions 6.0 and higher installed. Some Google Pixel and Samsung phones are likely to receive the first updates of this feature soon, though. Google says that all other phones will also get this update in the coming weeks.

This feature was previously available in the Google Play Services beta for a limited audience, but now it is going to be available for everyone.

This is not the first time for Google to provide this functionality to its users. Previously, it supported an NFC technology-based file-sharing system called ‘Android Beam.’ For some unknown reason, Google removed it in 2019, and since then, the Android users were demanding a new file-sharing feature akin to Apple’s AirDrop.


In January 2020, a technology blog had reported that Google was working on something like this, and finally, now, all those reports came back to be true and Google is officially launching the ‘Nearby Share’ feature.

While Google is launching its own feature, Chinese tech giants and phone developing companies like Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are also bringing file-sharing features in their upcoming phone models. Even Samsung has also launched its feature called ‘Quick Share’ for its upcoming Galaxy S20 models.

This means that file-sharing is going to become extremely easy across devices from now on. And that is a wonderful thing.



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