Sharing files between Android smartphones was not the easiest task in the world. However things have changed in the last year with the release of a new feature called Nearby Share which is basically AirDrop for Android. This file sharing service is bundled with Google Play services and comes pre-installed on most devices. Now and almost a year after its launch, Google’s Nearby Share has just received a very significant update!
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O XDA already found two big news in the latest version. In fact, these are two features that will come in handy. The first is related to support for group transfers. In practice it is possible to share one or more files with up to four people who are nearby. However, files are not transferred simultaneously to everyone. So they are transferred in order.
The way it works is very simple. If there is more than one person around to share, we will receive this information. Then we just wait for the other person to accept the transfer.
The second change is related to an improvement in the visibility of Nearby Share devices. So there is an option for everyone that, as the name indicates, makes your name visible to everyone who is using this function, even if they are not in your contact list.
However, it is possible to use this mode temporarily. This changes availability again for contacts only after a few minutes.
These new functions come from the server side of Google Play services. However, they don’t seem to be linked to any particular operating system. Still, many people only found this function after updating the device to Android 12 Beta 5. Yet an XDA reader reported that even the Xiaomi Mi 9T with Android 11 was already entitled to this new feature.