16 January 2020
Even you are a die-hard Android fan and absolutely dislike iOS, you will still agree that Android lacks anything even close to what Apple's AirDrop can do. Google acknowledges this as well and as a result, it is quietly working on a similar feature for the past few months. It was said to be called 'Fast Share' but a new XDA report claims that the name has been changed to 'Nearby Sharing'.
The folks spotted the change of name and even the icon in the latest Google Play Services version 20.1.03 update. The same update also revealed that Nearby Sharing will require two devices to be within 1 foot of each other. It further reveals that users will need to turn on Bluetooth and location settings as well as unlock their devices.
Since Google has not talked about the feature publically yet, we do not know much. Nearby Sharing is said to rely on location and Bluetooth settings for detecting nearby devices and sharing files respectively. It can be used for sharing documents, videos, audios, URLs, and even text snippets. The Bluetooth connectivity support will allow it to work even when offline.
It is hard to say when exactly Google will launch Nearby Sharing but we will keep you updated. We can surely expect some sort of announcement at Google I/O 2020 later this year.