Earlier this year, Google revealed that its next mobile OS launch – Android Q – can be losing support for Android Beam, the closest thing the iOS competitor has to Apple’s AirDrop.
Android Beam used a tool’s NFC technology to (slowly) share records data and media with different gadgets by placing them back-to-back, whereas Apple’s AirDrop makes use of a combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to share between iOS and macOS devices.
9to5Google, although, has uncovered Google’s replacement to Android Beam and managed to get it performing on a device running the Android Q beta. It’s referred to as Fast Share and appears to be similar to AirDrop in that it makes use of Bluetooth to establish a link between devices earlier than using a direct Wi-Fi connection to really switch the files.
Specifically, Fast Share will enable users to share photos, URLs, snippets of text and other information and can show up as a choice in the regular ‘share’ menu alongside other social media and messaging purposes.
When you’ve obtained the setting enabled and have named your device, it’s only a matter of switching on Bluetooth and Location Services then choosing the suitable device to Fast Share to.
In the instructional screenshots that Google supplies as an introduction to the characteristic, it reveals a Chromebook, a Pixel 3, a smartwatch and even an iPhone listed underneath the close by devices, which presumably means we’ll be capable of share throughout different platforms.
As soon as the sender has selected a device to share to, the recipient will be capable of seeing their system identify as well as a connection ID for verification, at which point they will accept or decline the transfer.
Considering that Google hasn’t made any official announcements associated with Fast Share, we don’t have any concrete info on when it’ll turn out to be out there, however, provided that the following main OS release might be losing Android Beam, it’s a great guess that we’ll be seeing Fast Share land on Android Q when it becomes publicly obtainable in August.