Google Working on AirDrop Clone for Android

Posted on July 1, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Google with 7 Comments

Google is working on a new AirDrop clone for Android. The new feature, called Fast Share, will allow users to quickly share data from their phone to nearby Android devices without needing to have an internet connection.

For those unfamiliar, Apple made the feature popular with iPhone’s AirDrop feature that lets you share photos, files, and websites from your iPhone to nearby iPhones and Macs without needing to have an internet connection. Microsoft later implemented a similar feature on Windows 10 called Nearby Sharing that allowed for the same between Windows 10 devices, though Microsoft’s implementation is arguably quite unreliable.

And now, it’s Google’s turn. The new Fast Share feature allows you to quickly share photos, files, text, and links to nearby Android devices, and supposedly even Chromebooks, according to 9to5Google. Here’s the twist, though: Fast Share will also apparently work with iPhones, which would be a huge deal if it works with AirDrop.

The feature is implemented pretty well from the looks of things, though it’s not clear exactly how Google plans to make this new feature available to Android users. Either way, Android has needed a first-party implementation for this from Google for a long time, and the AirDrop support could make it actually popular.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Google Working on AirDrop Clone for Android”

  1. shmuelie

    Microsoft later implemented a similar feature on Windows 10 called Nearby Sharing that allowed for the same between Windows 10 devices, though Microsoft’s implementation is arguably quite unreliable.


    By what standard? And being Windows 10 only how often does anyone use it anyways?

  2. lvthunder

    I wish AirDrop worked for Windows or Nearby Sharing worked on iOS.

  3. ponsaelius

    Microsoft sharing will be great for Windowsphone users. Oh wait there aren't any devices to share with after Microsoft abandoned consumer products....

  4. dcdevito

    If it works with iPhones that means it must be utilized via an app - so that's already a non starter for iOS compatibility.

  5. fraXis

    People often mention iMessage as the reason they can't leave the iOS ecosystem, but for me it's a combination of both iMessage and AirDrop. It is so easy to use in regards to sharing with anyone, including strangers.


  6. dontbe evil

    apple worked on a bluetooth file transfer clone

  7. Alain Sylvestre

    Samsung has already that kind of transfert back in years, using NFC. Way befor Apple. Remember in 2011 youtu.be/cwU4TvQEq0g

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