With the launch of Android 10, Google quietly removed The previous Android local file sharing feature when support for Android Beam was discontinued. As of today, Google is finally ready for use Android Beam replacement: Share nearby.
Similar to Apple̵
With Nearby Sharing, on all Android devices running Android 6.0 and higher, you can select a device near you (which the user of the device can accept or reject) and then send files wirelessly, while Nearby Share automatically selects the best protocol for transferring the Data, with nearby sharing including support for bluetooth, bluetooth low energy, WebRTCor even direct peer-to-peer WiFi. This means that Nearby Share can find a way to send your file even if you don’t have access to a cellular connection or a local WiFi network.
Obviously, the idea that strangers send you random files is not ideal (even if you have the option to decline them). To protect your privacy and ensure that you are not bombarded by requests to share nearby, you can do so on Google. Choose between “hidden”, “for some contacts” or “visible for all contacts” that are visible through the Options in the “Quick Settings” menu of Android can be adjusted quickly.
In addition, nearby sharing has been designed so that you can send and receive files anonymously. So if you want to share a photo without revealing personal information such as a phone number or email address, this is also an option.
After the release of Nearby Sharing on Android devices, Google plans to roll out Nearby Share to Chromebooks in the coming months to give Chromebook users the same file sharing features as Android users.
According to Google, Nearby Share will be launched today. Selected Pixel and Samsung devices come first to take advantage of the new Android feature, before Nearby Share will be rolled out to a wider range of Android devices in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile with Android 11 Android fans are expected to be officially released in the next month or two. They should have even more features and updates to look forward to soon.