“We’re currently conducting a beta test of a new Nearby Share feature that we plan to share more information on in the future. Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices as well as other platforms,” a Google consultant instructed Android Police.
For the uninitiated, Nearby Sharing lets customers share information with gadgets within the supported proximity with out a lot trouble. In the long run, Nearby Sharing is predicted to supply assist for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.
When enabled, a “Nearby Sharing” icon will seem within the share sheet. In addition, you might also see a neat “Nearby” button within the share sheet, as noticed earlier this month in a YouTube video a part of Google’s “11 Weeks of Android”.
Interestingly, Google’s Nearby Share provides three visibility settings – All Contacts, Some Contacts, and Hidden. You get to decide on the visibility setting you like. Below is how the sharing course of would seem like, courtesy of Android Police.
Android Police notes that Nearby Sharing requires a server-side element to work. Hence, you could not essentially see Nearby Sharing in your appropriate Android cellphone operating on the latest Google Play Services beta. When I attempted, the characteristic didn’t present up on my OnePlus 7T.
Now that the characteristic is prepared for public beta testing, we may anticipate the corporate to announce it with the Pixel 4a or hopefully later this yr alongside the Pixel 5.