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Android’s Airdrop style feature may also be available to Chrome users

Prashasti Awasthi Mumbai | Updated on June 22, 2020

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Android’s awaited Airdropstyle feature -- Nearby Share -- will likely come to Chrome and numerous other platforms, 9to5Google has reported.

The new feature will allow Android users to share photos, links, and other files with other devices, similar to the functioning of AirDrop for MacOS and iOS.

The feature has reportedly started to display in the settings of the latest build of Chrome OS Canary:

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According to XDA Developers, the new feature, which has been under development for a year, was originally called ‘Fast Share’. The feature will compete with Apple’s AirDrop service.

The Verge report stated that it is expected to be available through Google Play, and references in the code suggest that it will work not only on mobile Android devices, but also on Chromebooks and other computers with Google’s Chrome browser installed.

A video by XDA Developers released earlier this year showed Nearby Share/ Sharing incorporated into Android’s quick settings menu. It appeared to work best when the devices sharing the files were within a foot of each other.

Android has not revealed when Nearby Share will debut. However, it has been in talks for a while.

Published on June 22, 2020

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