The Google Nearby Sharing feature has already been tested on two different Pixel devices, but it is now believed that the functionality will eventually come to all devices running the Android operating system.
As per an XDA Developers analysis from 2019, Google was allegedly developing new technology for file sharing. This new method will apparently be more stable and powerful than Android Beam, which used both NFC and Bluetooth to transfer files quickly. The system was no longer implemented in Android 10, the latest operating system released by Microsoft.
Now, again though the developers at XDA, we get a peek at the new technology, mainly to the way it functions.
A Different Kind of Sharing Service
The sharing feature is currently unofficially referred to as ‘Google Nearby Sharing,’ and there is no information to suggest that this is going to remain its moniker. The technology needs the Bluetooth, as well as Location functions to work; moreover, it is very similar to Apple’s AirDrop service as it uses Bluetooth and Location functions to pair devices, and Wi-Fi to complete the transfer.
Google’s sharing service is also allegedly fast and is expected to compete against popular file transferring apps, such as SHAREit and Xender, when it will launch. New settings are also implemented into the Google Nearby Sharing, such as the ability it offers users to choose who is able to share files with you, and more.
Google Nearby Sharing has Three Transfer Modes
The app allegedly packs three different transfer methods; users can choose between data and Wi-Fi modes, as well as the ‘Without Internet’ option, which sends the files offline and doesn’t need any type of connection to function.
According to the report, the process of sharing files with Google’s sharing app is rather simple and straightforward. After users choose the files they want to transfer, a Google Nearby Sharing icon will appear, enabling users to proceed with the transfer. When selecting the particular device users want to send the files to, the other device owner has to accept the operation.
Even though reports depict the service working between two Pixel devices, it is allegedly also functioning on Pixel 2 XL and OnePlus 7T Pro as well. This implies the fact that Google Nearby Sharing could also be implemented in every Android mobile device, eventually.