04 July 2019
Google might soon come with a feature that has been a most wanted and requested one by Android users. Call it a tool, the name of which is Fast Share, will allow the Android users to share or transfer files to other devices over the air just like the old-charm Android Beam. The only difference is instead of the NFC, it will use Bluetooth to establish the handshake first and then use Wi-Fi to transfer the files. Also, the new method allows for larger files to be transferred much more quickly than Android Beam.
This share flow appears similar to what Apple’s AirDrop file sharing service offers. You can send many files together to another device by selecting them and picking the “Fast Share” option from the menu. Then pick the name of the device to which you want to send these files. The nearby devices will appear in the scanning menu.
Google Fast Share would allow you to give your device “Preferred Visibility” to nearby devices, which would let those devices “always see your device when you’re nearby, even if you’re not using Fast Share.”
The tool is spotted with some generic placeholders that indicate that you can share files with Chromebooks, Pixel phones, of course, Android Wear devices, and even iPhone. It’s unknown if the new feature requires a specific Android OS version. It’s expected that the feature would support most modern Android releases, considering it only requires Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct support.
The feature isn’t yet live but looks like it will soon be available.