Android’s version of AirDrop, ‘Fast Share,’ has been renamed to ‘Nearby Sharing’


For the past few months, Google has been silently working on a project that the tech giant never publicly disclosed – Android’s version of AirDrop. And now, Google is rebranding the Android’s version of AirDrop as “Nearby Sharing”,

For those who don’t know what this Airdrop is, basically, Airdrop is a file-sharing solution available on iOS and macOS, allowing users to quickly share files with each other without needing to rely on any third-party apps. Although Google has its NFC-based solution in the form of Android Beam, the feature was deprecated entirely in Android 10/Q.

As earlier spotted by XDA-Developers, Google has apparently renamed what was previously known as “Fast Share.” With the latest Google Play Services update, “Fast Share” was quietly rebranded as “Nearby Sharing” on Android.

Nearby Sharing for Android

Interestingly, a new disclaimer has also appeared with this latest update. As mentioned in that disclaimer, Nearby Sharing will only work if the two devices are within close proximity to each other — Google mentions “within 1 ft.” As of now, it isn’t clear whether this is a strict requirement or just basic criteria. However, we will get a clearer look over this in the coming days.

Well, it is still unknown when the tech giant will launch this Nearby Sharing on Android. Because of the rebranding from Fast Share and the new icon, we predict that the service is likely nearing launch.

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