There have been rumors from quite some time that Google is working on a feature similar to Apple’s AirDrop. We know that file transfer is extremely easy due to Apple’s AirDrop feature. However, the same cannot be said about Android as we have to install third-party apps for the same. Now, Google might soon integrate its AirDrop-like feature inside Stock Android. With Apple’s AirDrop, nearby iOS devices can seamlessly send and receive files. In the same manner, you will be able to use Google’s upcoming feature called Fast Share.
At the moment, it is in very early stages and the feature is just seen inside Android Q beta’s Settings page. However, we should expect to see this feature soon on the latest version of Android. Having said that, let’s now look at how this feature actually works. In the meantime, we should also tell you that Google announced deprecation of Android Beam with Android Q. Personally speaking, I do not remember the last time I used Android Beam to send files.
However, user reactions suggest that many of them used it on a daily basis. Now, Google has come up with Fast Share which is supposed to be better than Android Beam. The Google Fast Share page says that it will let you “share to nearby devices without the Internet,” which is what iOS’s AirDrop does. Fast Share is based on Bluetooth and not NFC which means each and every device will be able to use it.
You can also set preferred visibility to nearby devices which will “always see your device when you’re nearby, even if you’re not using Fast Share”. Similar to AirDrop, you will be able to see the nearby devices and send them files you want and they will have to accept the file or reject it.