For some weeks now, Google has been testing its file sharing service – Nearby Share on Google Play Services beta. According to report, the software giant has informed manufacturers to enable Nearby Share on all compatible devices in August.

The information is coming from XDA’s Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman. However, in his tweet, Rahman mentions that the plan cannot be confirmed at this moment.

What Is Google Nearby Share?

In case you don’t know, Nearby Share is Google’s attempt to build a standardized solution for instant file sharing. Nearby Share could make the whole file sharing process hassle-free once it becomes widely available to the masses.

Once enabled, you can access the feature from Android’s share sheet to quickly transfer files to other devices. Google will also add a compact “Nearby” button next to the Copy button in the share sheet for faster access.

Google Nearby Share
Image Credit: Android Police

The best part about Nearby Share has to be in terms of its compatibility. According to Google, Nearby Share will support all phones running Android 6 (Marshmallow) and later. In fact, Google announced Marshmallow back in May 2015, and hence, the userbase of phones running Android Marshmallow and later is significant.

Nearby Share Not Limited To Android Devices

Moreover, Google is not limiting the functionality to Android platform. The feature is expected to make its way to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS machines in the foreseeable future.

Considering the usability of Nearby Share, one would naturally expect the company to announce it in one of its keynotes. That said, it remains to be seen if Google has plans to finally announce the Pixel 4a next month.



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