Google Is Testing ‘Fast Share’, Similar To Apple’s AirDrop

Google is working on a file sharing feature, Fast Share, that will compete against Apple’s AirDrop and will let users transfer files quickly between an Android phone and a Chromebook. Currently, Android has the Files Go App by Google which is a file management and clean up tool where the user can also share files online or offline. But, the new Fast Share feature will make the file transfer even easier and faster than before for all Android users.

Google is likely to add Fast Share on the upcoming Android Q and will be very similar to how Apple’s AirDrop feature works where you can share files between an iPhone, iPad and a MacBook very quickly. The feature was spotted by 9to5Google who said that the Fast Share feature can be used to send files from Android phones to any device without requiring an active internet connection.

Once this feature is available for Android users, you can turn it ON from the system settings. Just like how you connect to a nearby device with Bluetooth, you will be shown all the nearby recipients and you can start sharing files with them. You will get to know about the status of the transfer with a progress indicator.

Fast Share will also have an option to give preferred visibility where you will be shown to all the nearby users even if you are not using the App. This will be very handy for fast transfers with frequent senders without having to connect manually with them each time.

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