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(Pocket-lint) – Google’s answer to Apple’s AirDrop is called Nearby Share. It’s very convenient for those who use it, but it’s nowhere near as ubiquitous as AirDrop.
Google is working hard on this feature though, and it looks like its next step will be to make it easier to share files between your own devices.
This feature is called Self Share, and although it has not yet been released, it is already present in the latest version of Google Play Services.
The upcoming feature was spotted by Mishaal Rahmanwho took to Twitter to share some screenshots.
Nearby Share’s “self-sharing” mode will allow you to quickly share files with other devices logged into the same Google account without having to approve the sharing.
From what I see, this feature hasn’t been rolled out yet, but it’s present in the latest version of Google Play Services. pic.twitter.com/wdtxoiE2oz-
Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 19, 2022
The new feature will allow users to transfer files between devices signed in to the same Google Account without having to approve the sharing first.
That’s exactly how things work with Apple AirDrop, where two devices that are signed in to the same Apple ID can transfer with no confirmation needed.
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It’s a relatively minor change, but by removing an unnecessary step, Google is getting closer to a seamless AirDrop experience.
Since it’s already present in Google Play Services, we imagine the feature will roll out soon. Maybe we’ll see an announcement during the I/O 2022.
Written by Luke Baker.