Google's AirDrop rival 'Nearby Share' finally starts rolling out today

Joanna Estrada
August 4, 2020

Following the release of Nearby Sharing on Android devices, Google says that in the coming months it's planning to bring Nearby Share to Chromebooks, giving Chromebook users the same set of file sharing features as Android users.

After being in development for quite a while, Google has finally started the rollout of its wireless file transfer tool for Android phones - Nearby Share. Today, Google has announced that they are finally rolling out Nearby Share to millions of Android smartphones running Android 6.0 and above.

"The Android community has long asked for a way to quickly share content with each other from their devices", Google's Daniel Marcos Schwaycer writes in the announcement post. No matter what, you won't have to deal with the AirDrop issue of randomly receiving obscene content in a public place, though, as the most permissive setting still restricts all-the-time visibility to your contacts.

While Android has never had a shortage of super-fast file sharing apps, Nearby Share is a built-in feature that requires no app and the good thing is that it is not manufacturer-specific.

Furthermore, Nearby Sharing was created to allow you to send and receive files anonymously, so if you want to share a photo without revealing personal info like a phone number or email address, that's an option too.

Nearby Share works via a handful of different protocols, sharing stuff via Bluetooth (including LE), WebRTC, or peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, depending on what's best for the situation. Users close by will then receive a notification that someone wants to share a file with them, something they can choose to accept or decline. "Now you don't have to worry about exchanging contact information, because Nearby Share allows you to both send and receive files anonymously". You can also choose which contacts (all, some, or none) are able to immediately see you when you turn on Nearby Share.

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