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Android 11 renders show 'Nearby' feature coming | UPD: Rolling out in beta

02 July 2020 0

Update: July 2, 2020

Google has confirmed that it is rolling out the beta version of the Nearby Share feature through Google Play Services. If you want to try out this feature, you'll need to sign up for a beta tester for Google Play Services. So, just visit its Google Play Services beta and opt into the beta. Once the beta is installed, you would see the "Nearby Share" in the share sheet when sharing from apps.


Original Post (June 16, 2020)

Google has started its 11 weeks of Android series where it will announce new features coming with Android 11. One of the videos of the series that goes for over 9 minutes shows the new features Google is introducing around conversations in Android 11.

While explaining the conversation notifications, the Android 11 renders in the video can be seen showing the presence of the 'Nearby' option. This is the same feature we have been waiting for. It is Apple’s AirDrop-like feature that would let you share files or media with nearby Android phones. The feature has long been under the works but it is now apparently coming. Previously, it was reported that the feature will be known as Fast Share but later on it was discovered that Google would rather name it Nearby Sharing.

At 0:33 second mark, the video shows four rendered Android screens. The second one from the left in the series shows the Share menu in which the new option ‘Nearby’ can be seen. The option is placed at the top of the Share sheet next to a ‘Copy’ option.

The feature just like Apple’s AirDrop would allow the users to share files, links, and other content with people who are nearby. 9to5Google points out that these images appear to be the final design of how Android 11 will look on the phone.

Other than this, the video previews some of the upcoming features related to Android 11, including a new section in the notification share for conversations.


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