Nearby Share

Airdrop is one of the most beloved features enjoyed by people living in the Apple ecosystem. Well, Google may soon release its competitor i.e. Nearby Share for people using Android smartphones.

Well, a similar feature that goes by the name Self Share has been in existence for quite some months now. It’s available for Chrome OS devices and it helps users share files between their own devices.

Do note that Self Share is still in the testing phase and hasn’t been rolled out yet.

With the unreleased Nearby Share feature, users will be able to transfer files between devices logged into the same Google account.

This transfer won’t need any approval to begin and will be seamless. The Device Visibility option in Nearby Share will gain a new Your Devices section for this.

Clearly, the feature is almost similar to Airdrop. The feature was discovered by Esper’s Sr Technical Editor Mishaal Rahman.

Presently sharing files with Nearby Share requires approval even if you are the owner of both the devices.

In addition to files and photos, you can also use Nearby Share to share apps installed on your smartphone with other Android devices.

This feature is presently available in the latest version of Google Play Services. As a result, we can expect it to launch during Google I/O 2022.