Android: Google Confirms for Nearby Sharing

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For nearby file transfer and sharing between Android smartphones, Chinese brands Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are working on a common solution and their own protocol within the Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance.

Recently, XDA Developers unveiled Samsung’s ambitions to alternative Apple’s AirDrop with Quick Share. Now it’s confirmation of Nearby Sharing (formerly Fast Share) on Google’s side for a solution on Android devices with Google Play Services.

XDA Developers was able to partially test this still unofficial feature during a wireless transfer between a Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 4 running both Android 10. A demonstration could also have been made between a Pixel 2XL and a OnePlus 7T Pro.

As with Apple’s AirDrop, location and Bluetooth must be enabled for sharing with Nearby Sharing. The distance between the aircraft would be limited to about 30 centimetres.

The transfer can be done via a direct Wi-Fi connection. However, there are several options with the ability to hide a device.

No indication of an official Google announcement to come. The feature will have to appeal more than Android Beam, which relied on NFC technology and deserted Android 10.

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