The ?Nearby Sharing? feature for Android might not be limited to just smartphone
devices as the feature has been spotted on the latest build of Chrome OS Canary.
Originally known as ?Fast Share?, Nearby Sharing was first?reported?on last year
has been in the works for a while now. In March, it even?popped up?in the
developer preview for Android 11.
Now, Nearby Sharing has been spotted on Chrome OS Canary byDinsan Francis
ofChrome Story [https://twitter.com/_dinsan/status/1273993265637847040?s=20]. It
is accessible as a flag in ?chrome://flags? on the latest build of the Canary
update channel. While enabling it at the moment won?t do anything as it is a
work in progress, the flag?s description gives insight into its availability.
> Nearby Sharing shows up in #chromebook
? Dinsan (@_dinsan) June 19, 2020
[https://twitter.com/_dinsan/status/1273993265637847040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw] The flag?s description indicates that Nearby Sharing will be available on the
Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Google Chrome, reports9to5Google
[https://9to5google.com/2020/06/19/android-airdrop-nearby-sharing-chrome-windows-mac/] . Nearby Sharing has been seen as the AirDrop for Android users and might just
be more similar to Apple?s file-sharing service available on both iOS and macOS.
According toXDA Developers
[https://www.xda-developers.com/android-nearby-share-file-sharing-chrome-os-windows-macos-linux-chrome/] , the feature will be available through the Google Play Services on Android
devices and will be functional on Chromebooks and PCs with Google Chrome.
Other specifics of the feature, like a cap on data shared, is not yet known. It
is important to note that the feature is still in development and it is unclear
when it will be introduced.
Also, it isn?t just the Android team that?s working on a AirDrop alternative.
Samsung already has its own file sharing service for its Galaxy smartphones
called ?Quick Share?. Similarly a number of other OEMs also offer similar file
sharing apps although none of them work across platforms.
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