Taking sharing to the new level.
Nearby Sharing is one of the new features that we liked on Android. Similar to the AirDrop feature on iOS, it utilizes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections to send files across supported devices easily without the need to be online. But Google is expanding the capabilities of Nearby Share so you can easily share apps and even updates to other Android devices.
A report from 9to5Google mentioned that the Google Play Store already supported app sharing to nearby Android devices since last December. To be able to do this, you need to be on version 24.0 or newer of the Google Play Store.
You can easily share an app by tapping the three-dot menu on the upper right corner inside the My apps & games tab. There will then be a Share tab where you will be able to send or receive apps from other nearby users.
There’s a catch though: not all apps are supported, plus paid apps and apps that were sideloaded can’t be shared. Additionally, apps that are not available in a particular region aren’t allowed to be shared as well.
To make it secure, both smartphones need to be paired and confirmed using a passcode to make sure no one can hijack your connection while you send or receive apps.
While it’s not a perfect feature, it does make it easier for you to share the apps that you have on your Android device, especially if you’re sharing it on a device that doesn’t currently have a connection.
Nearby Share on the Google Play Store is now rolling out worldwide.