Anyone who wants to get their hands on the Share feature near Google won't have to wait any longer. The feature, which is similar to Apple & # 39; s AirDrop, is currently being rolled out in the beta version of Play Services.
In a statement to Android policeGoogle said, "We are currently beta testing a new neighborhood sharing feature that we plan to share more information about in the future. Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices and other platforms."
Nearby sharing is a feature that allows users to share various things with other nearby Android devices. Instead of using email or SMS, nearby Share can be a great option for sharing files with contacts in the same area. The feature does not allow you to blow files to anyone nearby as it seems to be limited to only files in a user's contact list.
Files like videos and photos work with the new feature as well as a number of other things like links and social media posts. Since the feature is expected to be available in the long term, users are likely to find all sorts of other things that can be shared via Share nearby.
Anyone who wants to give Nearby Sharing a chance should have signed up for the beta version of Play Services so they can test new features (the test will only roll out for some devices, so chances are that even if you have the Play services ) beta enabled, you may not see it on your device). You can download the Play Services Beta APK from APKMirror, although not without risk.
Once the feature is available, it will look pretty painless. Users just need to go to the share sheet as they would if they wanted to text & email the file or email it to a contact. Then tap Share nearby and enable the feature. After that, users should choose their default device name and visibility settings.
From there, Sharing Sharing searches for other devices to connect to. Of course, those devices must have the beta version of Play Services with the feature also active. When they do, they receive a notification that someone in their contact list wants to share with them.
Again, the feature is available in the beta version of Play Services, but it's very limited in terms of who gets it. Unfortunately, Google has not made clear when the feature would be available to all Android users. Hopefully Google will use this period to work out any kinks, so that anyone with an Android 6+ device can take advantage of this.