‘Nearby Share’ to roll out on Android devices.
Over the years, Android smartphones have struggled to offer an easy way to seamlessly transfer files between two devices. Sure, Bluetooth was always there, but the slow transfer rate means that sharing a large file isn’t always an option. Apple managed to solve this by introducing AirDrop, which utilizes multiple connections to make file transfers faster.
Google is bringing the same technology called ‘Nearby Share’ to all Android devices, though some Pixel and Samsung phones already use the feature. Nearby Share enables direct sharing between any device that runs Android 6 and above.
Just like Apple’s AirDrop (introduced in 2011), Nearby Share sits inside the share menu, where a compatible device will immediately appear once you open it. Tapping the name would show the device name, where you can share files right away. If you’re concerned about privacy, there will be a visibility setting where you can only show your device to a selected few. Google adds that there is an option to send and receive files anonymously.
Nearby Share should work between Android devices and Chromebooks. Unfortunately, it won’t be compatible with Mac, iOS, or Windows devices, but Google said it is looking to expand to more devices in the future.