INTRO: Google has reportedly started rolling out its long-awaited much-needed Nearby Sharing feature through the newest beta version of Google Play Services. The feature is going to be available on devices running Android 6 (Marshmallow) and later.
Google Rolling Out Nearby Sharing Feature
“We’re currently conducting a trial of a replacement Nearby Share feature that we decide to share more information on within the future. Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices also as other platforms,” a Google representative told Android Police.
For the uninitiated, Nearby Sharing lets users share files with devices within the supported proximity without much hassle. In the future, Nearby Sharing is expected to offer support for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.
Functions Of Nearby Sharing
When enabled, a “Nearby Sharing” icon will appear within the share sheet. In addition, you’ll also see a neat “Nearby” button within the share sheet, as spotted earlier this month during a YouTube video a part of Google’s “11 Weeks of Android”.
Interestingly, Google’s Nearby Share offers three visibility settings – All Contacts, Some Contacts, and Hidden. You get to settle on the visibility setting you favor . Below is how the sharing process would appear as if , courtesy of Android Police.
Android Police notes that Nearby Sharing requires a server-side component to figure . Hence, you’ll not necessarily see Nearby Sharing on your compatible Android phone running on the newest Google Play Services beta. When I tried, the feature didn’t show abreast of my OnePlus 7T.
Now that the feature is prepared for public beta testing, we could expect the corporate to announce it with the Pixel 4a or hopefully later this year alongside the Pixel 5.