Google Testing AirDrop-like Transfer Tool 'Fast Share' For Android Devices

Posted: Jun 30 2019, 10:52pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Google testing Fast Share transfer tool to challenge Apple’s AirDrop
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The potential move comes as Google lets go of NFC-based Android Beam.

Google is reportedly developing a new feature to help Android device users transfer files faster, a tool that is eerily similar to Apple’s AirDrop feature.

According to reliable leakers 9to5Google and XDA Developers, the tool will be called “Fast Share.” The move comes as Google confirmed that it is finally letting go of the NFC-based Android Beam sharing method in Android Q, a solution that helped users transfer files using near-field communication.

Unlike the AirDrop, the Android Beam works when users place their NFC-supported devices back to back.

The tech giant will instead replace it with Fast Share, enabling not just file transfers from smartphone to smartphone, but to Chromebooks as well.

Through Fast Share, users can share photos, videos, documents and other files on their phones to nearby devices without internet. It can be accessed through Settings > Google > Fast Share, according to 9to5Google.

To share a file, users only have to enter a device name and tap “turn on,” while making sure that Bluetooth and location settings are toggled on. To receive a file, a user will get a notification to “Accept” or “Decline,” along with the details of the sender and connection ID.

Here is a step-by-step guide to share a file, as provided by 9to5Google:

9to5Google added that Fast Share allows users to recognize the devices of people they frequently share files to. A screenshot of the feature’s interface reads: “You can give people preferred visibility to make sharing faster. People with preferred visibility always see your device when you’re nearby, even if you’re not using Fast Share.”

Google has yet to make an announcement regarding the leaked sharing feature. If confirmed, it could rival Apple’s AirDrop, which allows the transfer of photos, videos and other files over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The AirDrop was released in July 2011.

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