Spoločnosť Google decided to create its own version of the popular feature AirDrop, but this time for users of Android smartphones and Windows devices. In the Slovak translation it is called "Sharing nearby".
Nearby sharing: AirDrop by Google
Popular wireless file transfer feature for Apple Lossless Audio CODEC (ALAC), the device has a label AirDrop. And with a single click, it allows you to communicate between the Apple devices present. In the world of Android and PC with Windows, similar functionality exists only in very limited cases (e.g. smartphone and laptop of the same brand, with a limited selection of models).
However, with different brands, users usually shared their files via Gmail or WhatsApp. These files were subsequently accessible in the respective applications and on other devices. New Nearby Share respectively. "Sharing nearby" FrBut Google's d wants to change that. The feature is currently available in Beta and supports Android and Windows.
The file sharing feature was initially only available for communication between Android and Chromebooks. But now comes support for Windows devices, which currently have a market share of more than 75%.
Just a few simple steps
If you want to try this function, a few simple steps will suffice. Go to the following website A on your Windows device and click the appropriate button to download the Beta version of the application Nearby Share from Google. This website automatically offered us a version for the 64-bit Windows operating system.
You need more Google account, with which you are logged in on your smartphone, and under the same account you can also log in to Google applications, even with a single click. After starting the application, you can also choose which devices or contacts to allow data transfer.
Individual buttons for moving files or photos are available in the application for Windows. As well as directly in the Android system. We tried sharing a photo from the device Xiaomi 11t (Android 13, MIUI 14) on Lenovo ThinkPad T15 Gen2 equipped with the Windows 11 operating system (64 bit).
The photo transferred to us in a few seconds after allowing uploading and was saved to our downloads folder. You can also move files the other way around, i.e. from your laptop to a smartphone with the Android operating system. In that case, you place the file in the window of the Nearby Share application on the Windows device and start the transfer.
Beta version is available for now
However, it is necessary to think that this application is still available in its Beta version. And so in some cases the transfer may fail and it is necessary to repeat this attempt. Likewise, the application is not available in all markets, but its distribution is gradually expanding, including in Slovakia. You can also adjust its use in the settings of the Android operating system.
How do you like this new content sharing from the company? Google? If you have any other questions about the integrated functions or supported devices, feel free to write them to us below in the discussion below the article.