Google launches its AirDrop alternative ‘Nearby Share’ for Android phones

Google is rolling out Nearby Share, its file-sharing AirDrop clone for Android 6.0+

One of the issues around a nearby sharing function is that it opens you approximately being sent random garbage from pranksters in the location. Until Android 10, most Android devices did have access to Android Beam, a file-sharing service that required users to tap their phones together to initiate a handshake over NFC followed by a file transfer over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct.

Firstly, you'll need to know if your phone already has support for Nearby Share or not. Otherwise, Android users will be trapped in the exact area, the place the only trustworthy way to share data files is to use electronic mail or cloud products and services - which prospects to both of those confusion and pointless knowledge costs.

Google says Nearby Share will start rolling out today, with select Pixel and Samsung devices being first in line to get the new Android feature before Nearby Share gets pushed to a wider range of Android devices over the next few weeks.

Google designed Nearby Share with privacy in mind. Nearby Share even works offline and it automatically chooses the best protocol for fast and easy sharing using Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC or peer-to-peer WiFi.

The icon for Nearby Share looks like a couple of interweaved threads. From there you will be able to adjust settings before making it available to share with anyone. If you choose the "all" option, you will be visible to all contacts and users in your area if you switch the Nearby Feature on.

Google has also announced that Nearby Share will soon allow users to exchange files between an Android smartphone and Chromebooks, or vice versa. The idea is to bring the tool to other Android devices in the future. The phone will then scan for nearby devices. You can choose to remain "hidden" to everyone or be visible only to "some contacts" or "all contacts".

The feature allows users to quickly send and receive files, with the absence of AirDrop often a notable con for consumers swapping from iOS to Android. To use this feature, you will not need an internet connection.

You can also share files anonymously.

Well, Android has been trying to come up with its own version of AirDrop which is simple yet so powerful.

As long as that person has enabled the feature, you'll be able to see their phone popup on the screen. The AirDrop was introduced on the iPhone and Mac in 2011.

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