September 30, 2020

Google has begun to push “Nearby Sharing” feature to Android 6 and above

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Google added a file transfer function similar to Apple’s AirDrop to its file management app “Files” last month, called “Nearby Share” and notified Android OEMs earlier this month They are required to push this feature to all devices running Android 6 and above in August.

This is the first time Android has added a unified file transfer function at the system level. This function can automatically select the most suitable protocol to use in a variety of file transfer protocols according to the actual situation. Currently, it supports Bluetooth, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), WebRTC, and peer-to-peer Wi-Fi.

Android's AirDrop

Today, Google officially announced that it has started to push this feature to Android phones. You can also get this feature by updating the Play service yourself. The phone’s system version requires Android 6 or higher.

“Nearby sharing” function is very similar to Apple’s AirDrop. “Nearby sharing” can also quickly share data such as files, URL links, and pictures with people around you, and can also be used normally without a network connection.

In addition, Google will also integrate the “Nearby Sharing” feature into Chromebook OS, allowing Android phones to fully collaborate with Chromebooks, thereby enhancing user productivity.