Google has today started rolling out a new feature to Android 6.0+ smartphones called ‘Nearby Share’ that enables easy sharing “across thousands of Android phone models and billions of people.” Android users can quickly share files, links, pictures, and more with people around them with Nearby Share, all while protecting their privacy.
Even though the new Android feature bears striking resemblance to Apple’s AirDrop, Google says it is launching Nearby Share “after years of development.”
Once you select the receiver, they will be notified with the option to either accept or decline the file. Nearby Share then automatically chooses between Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, or peer-to-peer WiFi for fast and easy sharing, allowing users to share content even when they’re offline.
“Nearby Share was built with privacy at its core, so you can share and receive files with peace of mind. Now you don’t have to worry about exchanging contact information, because Nearby Share allows you to both send and receive files anonymously. It also allows you to adjust your privacy settings from your phone’s Quick Settings at any time. You can be “hidden,” visible to “some contacts” or visible to “all contacts,” so you never receive files that you didn’t ask for.”
Select Google Pixel and Samsung devices will be the first smartphones to receive Nearby Share starting today.