Samsung Is Making Its Own AirDrop Alternative for Galaxy Devices

AirDrop is an incredibly popular feature on the iPhone that makes file sharing really easy. We have already seen companies like Microsoft introduce a feature similar to AirDrop, with Google and others expected to do the same.

And now, Samsung is the latest company working on its own version of AirDrop. The company is reportedly working on an AirDrop alternative for Galaxy devices, reports XDADevelopers.

Windows Intelligence In Your Inbox

Sign up for our new free newsletter to get three time-saving tips each Friday — and get free copies of Paul Thurrott's Windows 11 and Windows 10 Field Guides (normally $9.99) as a special welcome gift!

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

[ad unit=’in_content_premium_block’]

The new feature, titled Quick Share, is pretty much like AirDrop. When enabled, you can share files from your phone to other nearby Galaxy devices as long as they have the feature turned on. You can also choose who gets to share files with you, and limit file sharing to your contacts only, or let anyone share files with you.

Unlike AirDrop, though, Quick Share actually uploads the file you want to share to Samsung’s cloud temporarily, and the device on the receiving end downloads it from the cloud in order to complete the transfer. The feature allows users to send up 1GB at a time, but you are only limited to sharing a total of 2GB worth of files every day. And that’s probably because the feature uses Samsung’s cloud.

The new feature is expected to launch on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20 line.

Tagged with

Share post

Please check our Community Guidelines before commenting

Conversation 19 comments

  • vitalkanev

    23 January, 2020 - 12:12 pm

    <p>Actually. The name "Quick Share" brings me back to Sony Ericsson era.</p>

  • innitrichie

    23 January, 2020 - 1:29 pm

    <p>Is AirDrop really incredibly popular?</p><p><br></p><p>I've used it about three times since it was unveiled all those years ago. I can't think of anybody else I know who would use it.</p>

    • Mehedi Hassan

      Premium Member
      23 January, 2020 - 2:31 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515334">In reply to innitrichie:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>You != the whole world</p>

      • innitrichie

        23 January, 2020 - 5:34 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#515347">In reply to Mehedi:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>I never said it did. You were the one who wrote it was incredibly popular, without providing any evidence as to how you reached that conclusion. :)</p>

      • wright_is

        Premium Member
        24 January, 2020 - 4:52 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#515347">In reply to Mehedi:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote>You != the whole world</blockquote><p>Exactly, which is why he was asking if it was popular. I've often seen stories about "wildly popular" things that I've never seen / never used.</p><p>Like Chromebooks, they are supposed to be "wildly popular", but Google doesn't even sell its own Pixel branded Chromebooks, here in Germany and I've never seen one in the wild. It doesn't mean there aren't places where it is popular, just not in mein Umfeld.</p>

      • Paul Thurrott

        Premium Member
        24 January, 2020 - 9:26 am

        That is the right reply to 90 percent of the comments on this site. 🙂

    • duncanator

      23 January, 2020 - 3:41 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515334">In reply to innitrichie:</a></em></blockquote><p>Same here. I know about it, but have never had a use for it. I did have a friend mention that she wanted to send me a file using airdrop, but I simply told her no 🙂 Still, I sure there has to be some use or reason for it.</p>

      • innitrichie

        23 January, 2020 - 5:37 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#515367">In reply to duncanator:</a></em></blockquote><p>I have no doubt there are people using it. It's the kind of techie feature that I'd expect a relatively small number of people have found a solid reason to use. It's not something I would expect to be "incredibly popular" though among iPhone users.</p>

    • toukale

      23 January, 2020 - 6:44 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515334">In reply to innitrichie:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote><em>It depends what kind of users you are. I used it basically every weekend when out at parties, clubbing or eating out as a group. We use it to send pictures to each other or a group while out and having a blast. It's quick, simple and easy.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • lvthunder

        Premium Member
        23 January, 2020 - 7:14 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#515398">In reply to toukale:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yes this is how I've seen it used as well.</p>

      • Truffles

        23 January, 2020 - 8:25 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#515398">In reply to toukale:</a></em></blockquote><p>Exactly. Airdrop isn't intended as a technical tool, it's a social networking tool. Same as all those iMessage features.</p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    23 January, 2020 - 7:17 pm

    <p>I wonder why they just don't go point to point like AirDrop does? It makes it a useful feature if you're in a place that cell service is minimal. The way Samsung is reportedly doing it sounds like a good way to bust your data cap.</p>

    • ivarh

      Premium Member
      24 January, 2020 - 4:22 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515401">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>Looks like Samsung does not understand that what's making airdrop so good is that it's not cloudbased at all. Everything happens between the sending and receiving device and no on else. Sending the file via cloud storage sort of breaks the whole point of airdrop. And it adds a lot of privacy concerns that airdrop does not have.</p>

    • wright_is

      Premium Member
      24 January, 2020 - 4:49 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515401">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>But then Samsung couldn't collect all that information on you, from the files it is looking at as they pass through its system… /cynic</p>

  • ken_loewen

    Premium Member
    23 January, 2020 - 7:36 pm

    <p>What is Microsoft's feature and is it available on Android? (or just Windows Phone &lt;wink&gt;) </p>

  • rm

    24 January, 2020 - 7:34 am

    <p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">Unlike AirDrop, though, Quick Share actually uploads the file you want to share to Samsung’s cloud temporarily", I wonder if OneDrive can also be used since Samsung is letting people switch to OneDrive from Samsung's cloud.</span></p>

  • evennotodd

    24 January, 2020 - 12:29 pm

    <p>Seems like the cloud adds an unneeded and time heavy step.</p>

  • lilmoe

    24 January, 2020 - 1:19 pm

    <p>This really puzzles me. Why does everyone insist that this is new on galaxy devices? It was first introduced on the GS3 as QuickConnect (and I don't mean Android beam), where you can share content with another nearby galaxy (or any android that has wifi direct enabled manually) and it'll automatically pair and enable wifi direct then send the files (even on the receiver if it was a galaxy) . It was rebranded several times, with the latest being part of SmartThings.</p><p>On my GS7, you can control who can see your device from settings-&gt;connections-&gt;phone visibility. You select a file or comment from any app and tap share, on top of the app list, tap Share to device. A list of supported devices appear including TVs, speakers, phones, etc, each with the supported protocol (file share, screen mirror, play media, etc).</p><p><br></p><p>This works without an internet connection. I've been using it since my GS4, sending files back and forth with my wife's then Note 2. Now between my GS7 and her Note 9.</p><p><br></p><p>This is NOT new. It's just a different screen from what i see. Airdrop followed…</p>

  • bbennett40

    24 January, 2020 - 2:36 pm

    <p>Oh, Samsung! ::sigh::</p>

Windows Intelligence In Your Inbox

Sign up for our new free newsletter to get three time-saving tips each Friday

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Thurrott © 2023 Thurrott LLC