According to a new report by 9to5 Google, the company is planning to ready an easy way of sharing files across different devices and this will include Chromebooks and Android phones.
The dubbed fast share feature is expected to substitute the NFC-based android beam sharing method that Google introduces with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in 2011. The company has confirmed its plans to deprecate the API in the final version of android Q which is expected to be launched later in this year.
The alternative is going to make use of the Nearby service in Google Play Services. This will allow you to share to devices around you without the need of internet connection. The fast share will be based on Bluetooth in order to discover and establish contact, and then subsequently transfer files through Wi-Fi connection.
According to the report, it appears that Google is planning to make Fast Share functions a lot like AirDrop in iOS and macOS. This means to send a file or a photo, you need to select the files that you want to share and then select fast Share from the menu. After which you need to select the target device. Google’s share targets include Android and Chromebooks. Other than that you can also transfer your files to iphones and smartwatches.
Google’s files app for Android serves the same function but it requires the app to be downloaded on the recipe device. This limitation makes it difficult for you to transfer files to devices that do not have the app. This also means that you cannot transfer your files across multiple platforms.
Right now it is not clear how the company is preparing to achieve cross-platform compatibility. We do not know whether it will take any specific android version in order to function or not. In short, nothing is announced by the company. But hopefully, Fast Share is going to be a game changer for Google when it comes to transferring files. This is the solution that all android users have been waiting for.