Over the past few weeks, Google has been testing its file sharing service – Nearby Share on Google Play Services beta. The software giant has now reportedly informed OEMs to enable Nearby Share on all compatible devices in August.
The information comes from XDA’s Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman. However, Rahman mentions in his tweet that the plan cannot be confirmed at this moment.
Google told OEMs that Nearby Share, Google's AirDrop-like file-sharing service, rolls out to all Android (6.0+) devices in August.
Can't confirm if that's the plan as of now, but this info came from a recent source.
Currently in beta for some users: https://t.co/7GMct2A9kI
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) July 17, 2020
For those unaware, Nearby Share is Google’s attempt to build a standardized solution for instant file sharing. Nearby Share could make the whole file sharing process hassle-free once it becomes widely available to the masses.
Once enabled, you can access Nearby Share from Android’s share sheet to quickly transfer files to other devices. Google will also add a compact “Nearby” button next to the Copy button in the share sheet for faster access.
The best part about Nearby Share has to be in terms of its compatibility. According to Google, Nearby Share will support all phones running Android 6 (Marshmallow) and later. In fact, Google announced Marshmallow back in May 2015, and hence, the userbase of phones running Android Marshmallow and later is significant.
Considering the usability of Nearby Share, one would naturally expect the company to announce it in one of its keynotes. That said, it remains to be seen if Google has plans to finally announce the Pixel 4a next month.