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

Last year, we learned that Google was preparing a new file-sharing service for Android. This file-sharing service was originally called "Fast Share" during early iterations, but Google eventually rebranded it to "Nearby Share" during the course of development. We got an early glimpse of the feature in January, and in late June, Google started testing the...

Android’s Nearby Share shows up Windows via Google Chrome, but it’s not working just yet

Google's alternative to Apple's AirDrop sharing feature, called Nearby Share, started rolling out to some users in a Google Play Services beta late last month. Shortly thereafter, Google started rolling out Nearby Share support to Chrome OS, allowing Chromebook users to start sharing files with nearby devices by enabling a couple of experimental flags. Now,...

Chrome OS now supports Google’s Nearby Share file sharing feature

Google has been working on its answer to Apple's AirDrop for a while now, but it finally became available for some users on the latest Google Play Services beta last month. "Nearby Share" is a feature that works through Google Play Services to bring native proximity sharing to nearly all Android devices. There was evidence...

Android’s AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature is rolling out in beta

Google has been working on a sharing feature similar to Apple's AirDrop for a while now. Originally discovered over a year ago as "Fast Share," it was eventually renamed to "Nearby Sharing" and finally just "Nearby Share." The feature is getting very close to a public release as Google has confirmed it's rolling out through...

Android’s Nearby Share file-sharing feature may support Chrome OS, Windows, macOS, and Linux thanks to Google Chrome

Apple's ecosystem is very cohesive and one of the best examples of that is AirDrop. The feature makes it super simple to share files across Apple devices without needing anyone to install a third-party app. On the Android side, things are a lot messier. While companies behind some of the best Android phones like OnePlus,...

First Look at Nearby Sharing – Google’s AirDrop Clone for Android

Apple's AirDrop feature has become synonymous with ecosystem synergy, as it makes the task of transferring files across Apple devices a trivial affair, eliminating the need to rely on any third-party solutions. In this area, even the best Android phones have lagged behind, because the open-source OS has had to rely on third-party solutions to...

Exclusive: Quick Share is Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop for Galaxy phones

Competition is huge in the phone industry, as we all know. Previously, the competition used to be restricted to hardware and who could have the best android phone hardware, but we've progressed from that era. The area of real competition now is with software, and the software experience can now make or break purchase decisions,...

Fast Share, Google’s upcoming AirDrop-like service, gets renamed to Nearby Sharing ahead of release

One of the things that "just works" within Apple's ecosystem is AirDrop, the file-sharing solution available on iOS and macOS, allowing users to quickly share files with each other without needing to rely on any third-party apps. Android had an NFC-based solution in the form of Android Beam, but the feature was deprecated entirely in...

Fast Share, Google’s upcoming AirDrop competitor, gets a revamped Share Sheet and Settings location

Unlike on iOS, there's currently no universal way to share files between Android devices. Before Android 10, you could use Android Beam, a file-sharing tool that uses NFC to pair two devices via Bluetooth to then beam files from one Android device to another. It was slow and barely used, so Google deprecated it in...

Google’s Fast Share is an upcoming AirDrop-like file sharing tool for Android

When I discovered that Google was deprecating Android Beam in Android Q, I was surprised to see how many people were upset by the news. The file transfer service used NFC to transfer files between devices, and although it was slow and rarely used, it still had its fans because of how widely available it...