INTRO: Over the past few weeks, Google has been testing its file sharing service – Nearby Share on Google Play Services beta. The software giant has now reportedly informed OEMs to enable Nearby Share on all compatible devices in August.
The information comes from XDA’s Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman. However, Rahman mentions in his tweet that the plan can’t be confirmed at this moment. For those unaware, Nearby Share is Google is planning to build a uniform solution for fast file sharing. Nearby Share could make the entire file sharing process hassle-free once it becomes widely available to the masses.
Once enabled, you’ll access Nearby Share from Android’s share sheet to quickly transfer files to other devices. Google also will add a compact “Nearby” button next to the Copy button within the share sheet for faster access. The best part about Nearby Share has got to be in terms of its compatibility. According to Google, Nearby Share will support all phones running Android 6 (Marshmallow) and later. In fact, Google announced Marshmallow back in May 2015, and hence, the userbase of phones running Android Marshmallow and later is critical.
Moreover, Google won’t limit Nearby Share to Android phones. The feature is predicted to form its thanks to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS machines within the foreseeable future.
Considering the usability of Nearby Share, one would naturally expect the corporate to announce it in one among its keynotes. That said, it remains to be seen if Google has plans to finally announce the Pixel 4a next month.