Google has launched a ‘Nearby Share’ feature, an Apple AirDrop alternative for Android smartphones, which enables users to share pictures, files, links, and more to other nearby Android smartphones. It operates pretty much similar to Apple’s AirDrop feature for the iPhone.It is rolling out to devices running Android 6.0 and higher. This feature is accessible to some of the Pixel and Samsung devices but the company is working on rolling it out for a more extended audience.
“To use it, simply select the content that a user wants to share, drag up from the bottom of the screen and tap Nearby Share,” Google said in a statement. Android users can transfer and accept files anonymously, or prefer to make themselves invisible if they don’t desire to receive files. This feature is displayed in the file-sharing tab right beneath the picked file.
Nearby Share utilizes the phone’s Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), WebRTC or Wi-Fi to transmit files and can also be managed offline. It also identifies a phone via Bluetooth. The most high-speed connection available is detected and if Wi-Fi Direct is available than that faster connection will be accepted to share files.
“It also allows you to adjust your privacy settings from your phone’s Quick Settings at any time,” said Daniel Marcos Schwaycer, Product Manager at Android.
Google will incorporate Nearby Share on Chromebooks in the forthcoming months which will then allow users to share files between their Android phone and a Chromebook.