Google's AirDrop Competitor, Nearby Sharing, Should be Coming Soon

Joanna Estrada
January 14, 2020

Nearby Sharing works by using Bluetooth to "find" nearby devices and initiate a "handshake" between the devices.

Android has had a number of file sharing facilities over the past years it has been in existence but, so far, none of them have stuck. This will ensure data transfer doesn't take extended periods of time.

At this stage, Google hasn't officially announced the existence - let alone release date - of the Nearby Sharing feature, and we can't be certain which, if any, of the aforementioned features will make it to the final version of the update, but it still offers the best indication we now have of what to expect. There were signs of a feature called Fast Sharing back in June but that never materialized.

Obviously, since this information is based off of an APK teardown, things might change before Google actually launches this to the public, but the recent naming change does hint that the company is probably making some final adjustments to the feature before launching it.

While Apple products have long enjoyed the ability to share files, images, and more with nearby devices via AirDrop, Google's Android equivalent hasn't enjoyed the same level of ubiquity, and for good reason. Under the hood, it's pretty much the same as Fast Share or other similar features, including AirDrop. The files are then transferred from one device to the other over a direct Wi-Fi connection. It could also help protect users from potentially harmful apps that also advertise the same functionality.

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