Google has begun rolling out Nearby Share, a new technology for Android smartphones that allows you to share photos, files, links and other content with other Android smartphone users nearby. The technology works very similarly to Apple’s AirDrop function, which it uses on its iPhones, Macs and iPads.
Apple introduced AirDrop back in 2011, so Google is one of the catch-ups in this case. Nearby Share is very convenient when a user needs to share a large file or several files at once with someone nearby. Now you don’t need to use third-party tools and services for this, like the same cloud storage.
At the moment, the new tool is only supported on Samsung’s Android smartphones, as well as Google Pixel devices, starting with those models running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. The company plans to add Nearby Share support to all Android devices in the coming weeks.
To use the function, just select the desired content, drag the bottom of the screen up and select the Nearby Share tool in the window that appears.
You can share the selected files with any nearby owner of an Android device. To transfer files, the function itself will choose the available and most optimal wireless communication protocol, be it Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC or Wi-Fi. The person to whom the files are sent can only press the “Accept” button. Google notes that files can be transferred anonymously. Also, the function can be turned off in the settings if you do not want to accept files from strangers.
The company adds that Nearby Share support will roll out to Chromebooks running the Chrome OS in the coming months. It will also work similarly to AirDrop, which allows you to quickly transfer files between iPhones and Macs.
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