Google releases beta of AirDrop alternative Nearby Share

Nearby Share is part of the Play Services. According to Google, the function will be available for Android devices with version 6 and newer in the future. File exchange is possible via mobile radio, WLAN and Bluetooth.

Google has a beta of the in response to Apple AirDrop’s respected wireless sharing service Nearby Share released. The pre-release version is available to users who have signed up for the Google Play Services beta.

Google (Image: Google)AirDrop allows files to be exchanged between iOS devices and macOS computers. The only requirement: The devices must be in the same WiFi network or within Bluetooth range.

As reported by the XDA Developers, files can be exchanged via Nearby Share via Bluetooth, cellular data or WLAN. Users must also determine whether their device is visible to all or only a few contacts. Location services must also be active.

That the feature is being introduced through Play Services suggests that most AndroidDevices nearby share. Google also confirmed this to Android Police. Even the limited beta should support all devices with Android 6 and newer.

Google also hopes to support other platforms in the future. Should Nearby Share actually go under at some point Windows 10 would work, the Apple AirDrop function would outperform.

Google has been working on the file sharing function for some time. At the beginning of the year it was announced that Nearby Share would get its own tile in the quick access. It should also be possible to switch the visibility of your own device on and off.

Offers a similar function Samsung already with Link to Windows. Certain smartphones from the Korean company, in combination with the “Your smartphone” app, allow easy file exchange with Windows 10. For example, files can be copied from Windows 10 to a Samsung smartphone using drag and drop. For sharing files between two Samsung devices, Samsung also offers the Quick Share function, which is also a counterpart to Apple AirDrop.

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