From the few months, Google is working for the new feature of Android, i.e., “Nearby Sharing.” This feature is a copy of Apple’s handy AirDrop service for iOS and macOS, but it only works in Android. This feature first came into iPhones in 2013.
Every Android phone has different sharing features. Huawei was the first smartphone to come up with a sharing feature named Huawei Share. If you had a Huawei Android or Windows device, then you know how amazing this feature was. OnePlus also has its function called FileDash, and it also works in OnePlus devices. Xiaomi has Mi Share as a sharing feature.
Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme are three Chinese brands that unite and now trying to do their better sharing solution, File Transfer, which also belongs to them works across their phones. And it is working in devices like the Realme X2 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10.
According to leaks now, Samsung has also joined the ‘AndroidDrop’ party. Max Weinbach of XDA Developers leaks the version of AirDrop, called Quick Share. It looks like it is set to work exclusively on Galaxy devices.
XDA Developers has managed to get this feature to activate early and gets it to work on two phones, Google Pixel 2s. XDA also confirmed that it is also working on a OnePlus device. So, it can be available to all Android devices certified by Play Services.
The three different settings for sharing files and their descriptions:
- Data: Data may be used for small files (chargers may apply)
- Wi-Fi only: Never use data to share
- Without Internet: Files will always be shared offline
When you select a file or files, a “Share Nearby” icon appears in the sharing menu, and you can easily see all the nearby devices. Both the devices should enable the “Nearby Sharing.” After that, the recipient must accept the file’s receipt.
Moreover, there is no official statement by Google about the release of the Android file sharing feature. We are expecting that it may launch officially at Google I/O 2020, which will start on 12 May.