AirDrop, the feature that allows iOS users to quickly transfer files between Apple-made devices, has always been the envy of Android users for a long time. But don’t worry: Google has listened, and is developing their own version of AirDrop, called Nearby Sharing. Although this feature has not yet been released, we now have a glimpse into the file-sharing system on Android, as well as how it works.
Accordingly, the XDA-Developers website has sought to make the Nearby Sharing feature work on two Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 4. Originally called “Fast Share”, this is a feature that Google It was created to replace Android Beam, a service that uses NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transfer files, but was killed last year by Google. While the XDA-Developers have tried to transfer files on two Pixel phones, several other developers on this website have also found ways to use Nearby Sharing on Pixel 2 XL and OnePlus 7T Pro. .
Based on the Pixel-OnePlus test, XDA-Developers believes that Nearby Sharing will be a feature that every Android phone with Google Play Services installed will use. However, this cannot be confirmed until Google officially launches Nearby Sharing for all phones.
In the test you can follow in the video below, Nearby Sharing seems fairly easy to use. The new Google feature lets you choose the account you want to use with Nearby Sharing, rename when sharing files, and set it so that the device can be shown or hidden to others – you can give Allows your device to appear with all contacts in the Android device that are using the surrounding device, only certain Google contacts, or become “invisible”. If you choose the last option, you will have to turn on Nearby Sharing yourself every time you want to receive files.
Nearby Sharing – AirDrop by Google
Nearby Sharing also allows you to specify whether you want to use mobile data for file transfer. Google lets you choose to use mobile data to transfer small files, use Wi-Fi only, or transfer files without the Internet.
According to XDA-Developers, this feature makes use of Bluetooth and Location Services – where Location Services is used to find surrounding devices for file transfer. At the moment, Nearby Sharing can only be used with devices located about 30 cm away from you.
In the video, we can see everything goes quite smoothly. Nearby Sharing can transfer images perfectly, but when video is transferred, it is somewhat slow and must try a second time to transmit.
Obviously, getting a copy of AirDrop has become a must-have feature for phone manufacturers. Recently, Samsung has announced it is planning to launch Quick Share for its devices. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are also working together to launch cross-device file transfer. The AirDrop race has begun!