Google is testing its alternative to AirDrop for WiFi file transfer. The feature is available in beta on Android 11 and will also allow file...
Google is testing its alternative to AirDrop for WiFi file transfer. The feature is available in beta on Android 11 and will also allow file transfer between smartphones and computers. All desktop systems will be compatible: from Windows to Chrome OS through MacOS and Linux, thanks to the Google Chrome browser.
The strength of Android is largely due to its flexibility and the richness of basic accessible features on the system. But there are some things that OS users can still envy Apple users. This is the case of the AirDrop feature that allows effortless file transfer between iPhone and Mac via WiFi.
It has been known since last year that Google is developing its own alternative to AirDrop. Initially called Fast Share, it now bears the name Nearby Share in its latest versions on Android 11.
Android 11's proximity sharing will also be compatible with PCs
This was all that was needed to make it as complete and practical as AirDrop. As presented so far, Google's proximity sharing was supposed to offer a quick and easy way to transfer links, photos and other files between Android smartphones.
In this field, many manufacturers are already offering their own transfer solution. This is the case of Samsung with the Quick Share feature, but also of Xiaomi, OnePlus Oppo, Realme and other Chinese manufacturers who have recently adopted a common WiFi file sharing protocol.
The difference here is that the Nearby Share feature will be available via Google Play services, which means that it will be integrated into the basic version of Android for all smartphones with Google services. Latest news is that Nearby Share will also allow files to be transferred easily between smartphones and PCs.
As we note, a toggle to activate proximity sharing has just appeared in the settings of Chrome OS. The feature has also been seen in the Chrome flags. In other words, the browser will serve as an interface to transfer files between a smartphone and Windows, MacOS, Linux, Chrome OS or any Google Chrome compatible system.
For now, we don't know how this will work, but it will probably be inspired by what some third party applications already offer. The most popular is AirDroid, a wireless sharing solution that has been available on Android for years.