when i google launched Near Share in 2020, Android users everywhere rejoiced. They finally had a tool to rival Apple’s AirDrop, an easy way to move files between devices without having to attach them to an email or upload them to Google Drive only to download them again on a new device.
Now, ahead of Google I/O, some users have noticed a hidden update in Google Play Services that makes Near Share even easier. The new “auto-share” mode, like seen by Mishaal Rahman of Esper (via android police), appears to allow you to send files between your own devices with a single tap. The feature has been rumored for months but now it seems to be much closer to being ready.
Near Share’s “auto-sharing” mode will allow you to quickly share files with other devices signed in to the same Google account without the need to approve the sharing.
This has not been implemented yet as far as I can see, but it is present in the latest version of Google Play Services. pic.twitter.com/wdtxoiE2oz
—Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 19, 2022
Until now, Google has required the recipient of a share to accept it, which is a very good idea for security and trolling reasons, but an annoying extra step when all you want to do is send a photo from your phone to Google. laptop on the other. room. The new seamless sharing only works for devices that have Near Share enabled, are physically near you, and are signed in to your Google account. Anyone else not on your account will still have to accept each share from your device.
Nearly Share is an important feature for Google, especially as the Android ecosystem continues to expand across devices. If Google is going to be inside your phone, your laptop, your TV, your speakers, and your smartwatch, it needs to make it easy for users to move things between all those devices. Apple has continually shown what’s possible here, with AirDrop but also features like Universal Control. It can be hard to get it right, though: For every magical second-screen experience Apple offers, it also includes the feature that makes your AirPods switch from your phone to your laptop at the worst possible times.
But both companies know that a successful ecosystem requires not only making things, but also making things work together, and both seem to be working very hard to achieve that goal. (In a perfect world, these would also be cross-platform features, but don’t run out of breath.)
It is not yet known when the Near Share update will be released, but with Google I/O scheduled to start on May 11it’s probably not too far away.