What You Need To Know About Nearby Share
- It was initially named Fast Share but later changed to Nearby Share, a name that better fits the upcoming service’s purpose and scope.
- Nearby Share is similar to Apple’s AirDrop in that it provides a simple way for users to share information between nearby devices.
- There’s no launch date for the service, and it’s not yet known how Google plans to deliver this new feature to phones.
Sharing on Android has always been a bit of a mixed bag. While sharing information between apps has always been done better in Android than in other mobile operating systems, sharing between devices has always been a bit of a pain in the butt.
Google’s new Nearby Share service, which was originally called Fast Share as recently as November, aims to finally fix what’s been missing in Android for a very long time.
Users aren’t the only ones that have been clamoring for an AirDrop-like feature for a long time either; OPPO, VIVO, and Xiaomi all recently unveiled their own joint-partnership to bring an AirDrop-like service to these brands’ respective phones.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Google plays catch-up with Apple lately, either.
While both Google and Apple are regularly debuting features to catch up to each other, it’s great to see two big missing features in Android get addressed within a short span of time.