Android’s ‘Nearby Share’ Roll-Out Begins: Everything You Need To Know
After months of waiting, Google is finally deployment AirDrop type file sharing functionality, Nearby Sharing, for Android devices.
For now, the file sharing feature is being rolled out to some devices, including the Pixel line and a few Samsung devices. However, Google has confirmed that “Share Nearby” will be available on all Android devices, running version 6.0 or higher, in the coming weeks.
What is sharing near Android?
Google has been testing an AirDrop alternative for a long time and now it’s finally here. This feature allows sharing files, pictures, links, contacts and other types of items among all Android devices.
Before nearby sharing, Android users used Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, and third-party apps like ShareIT for file sharing. There are several drawbacks to the three methods of sending files wirelessly. For example, third-party apps can help share files quickly, but they also collect a lot of personal data. But now Android users have a homemade method of sharing files.
How does proximity sharing work?
Nearby Sharing works the same way AirDrop works on Apple –
- Choose the file you want to share
- Tap the nearby option in the Android share menu
- Wait for a device to appear
- Tap the device to send it
- The recipient should now accept the file in the new pop-up window
This way, you can easily share files using the new Google Close Share. Google says you can even share files when the device is offline.
“Nearby Sharing then automatically chooses the best protocol for quick and easy sharing using Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, or peer-to-peer WiFi.”
Again, as with iOS, you can choose visibility settings (all, some, or stay hidden) i.e. who can detect that you are sharing files. Google says it’s also possible to send files anonymously.
Google has also confirmed that the feature will arrive on Chromebooks later. The company has been testing nearby sharing on ChromeOS for some time now.
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