Google Nearby Share. Google has been working on the file-sharing service since July last year. Originally known as FastShare, Mountain View renamed it ‘Nearby Share’ earlier this year. After a beta test over the past two months, Google has finally launched its AirDrop-like file sharing service – Share Near Android Phones running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and beyond.
Once your device receives a nearby partition, you can access the service from your phone’s Quick Settings. A dedicated QS alternative for the feature will appear, which allows you to conveniently use the nearby partition.
It is very easy to start with a nearby partition. The sender selects the file and decides to share it with Android’s stock sheet via a nearby partition. The sender’s device will now search for available devices. Visibility enabled devices are listed on the sender’s device. The sender can now tap on the receiver’s avatar to start the transaction.
With a wide user base in mind, nearby sharing chooses the best protocol available automatically – Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, or Peer-to-Peer WiFi for sharing files between two devices.
Privacy users will be pleased to learn that nearby sharing supports sending and receiving files anonymously. This feature provides all privacy settings for all features, some contacts, or hidden device visibility. Additionally, users have the option to accept or reject the incoming file.
Google does not limit nearby sharing to Android phones. Google says nearby sharing will support Chromebooks in the coming months. The company has already taken steps to bring the partition closer to Chrome OS, Windows, Mac and Linux via Google Chrome.
To get started, the nearest partition is available in Google Pixel Row and select Samsung devices. The company will be offering the service to more Android phones in the next few weeks.