Over the past few weeks, Google has quietly launched A rival Salby Share-AirDrop to select Android devices for testing. Now, the company appears to be preparing to release Nearby Share for all Android devices in August. The company has notified all Android OEMs of its intention to launch Nearby Share next month on all Android 6.0 or more devices.
The feature will be rolled out to all Android devices via Google’s Google Play service update.
In addition to Android devices, Google plans to use Nearby Share to support other operating systems. As detailed earlier, this feature should be available on Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS, while allowing users to seamlessly transfer files across platforms. By supporting Windows and macOS, Google wants to make Nearby Share more useful than AirDrop, which only works for Apple products.
If you’re on a beta channel for the Google Play service, you’re probably already entitled to Nearby Share. You only need to manually enable the feature in the Quick Settings panel, and then you’ll see this option appear in the sharing menu.