According tomedia reports, there have been rumors for months that Google will add a new feature similar to Apple’s AirDrop to Android phones. Now, Google has finally confirmed that it will indeed launch the feature, which is officially known as “Nearby Share”. Some Android phone users have tested the beta version of the feature.
“We are currently beta testing this latest feature, called Nearby Share, and we plan to release more information in the future,” Google said. Our plan is to have this feature available to support Android devices and other platforms when it is introduced. “
Earlier this month, the feature was first discovered in the Canary version of Chrome OS, meaning Nearby Share will also support Chromebook devices.
With Nearby Share, we can think of it as the Android version of AirDrop, which is a feature of quick lying files between Apple devices. With Nearby Share, files can be quickly and wirelessly transferred between nearby Android devices, which users can use to share images, videos, and content such as links and tweets.
It is reported that users can not use Nearby Share to send files to strangers’ devices. To use this feature, users must set up in advance and set their phone to “visible” (which can be easily turned on by the quick settings bar) before they can receive content, and before accepting the content, they will need to manually accept the content from the other person.
Samsung has been testing similar features, known as Quick Share, that allow users to send content to up to five friends at a time, compared with AirDrop, which is one-on-one. The advantage of Nearby Share is that it supports all Android devices, with out-of-limit phone brands, while Samsung’s Quick Share currently only supports file transfer between Samsung devices.