Fast Share: iPhone’s AirDrop-like file sharing feature is coming to Android soon

Sharing files has been a hallmark of Android devices. To make it more smooth and classy, Google is soon bringing a file sharing feature like iPhone’s AirDrop on Android devices.

This new feature is called Fast Share and it’s simply going to transfer files between Android phones easily and smoothly.

The exciting side of the story is, this Fast Share feature will be able to transfer files not only between Android smartphones but Chromebooks and even the almighty iPhones as well.

As told by 9To5Google, the current file sharing feature on Android phones — Android Beam — is going to be “replaced by a new and quick sharing one in Android Q, much like Apple’s AirDrop functionality“.

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Fast Share will be located in the Google share sheet. It will also be accessible via the Google option in the Settings menu. The feature will allow the sharing of files like photos, videos, and even URLs.

Fast Share will work this way (Android’s version of AirDrop)

  • Users will be required to head to Settings and select the Google option
  • Then select the Fast Share option,
  • Enter the device’s name and select Turn On. Note that the Bluetooth and Location settings need to be enabled for this.
  • A list of device options will appear under the Nearby Devices option along with a progress indicator to show file-transfer progress.
  • The receiver will get a notification, then they will be required to Accept or Decline the incoming file transfer.
  • When a user accepts the file transfer, the process will start and the sender will know where the transfer has gotten to via the progress indicator.
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Fast Share: Android's version of iPhone's AirDrop
Google Fast Share

Fast Share will also allow users to set up a Preferred Visibility setting for devices they usually share files with.

There is no word on when Google will release the earlier version to the beta community as well as the date for public release.

 

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