Android has never had a true alternative to Apple’s AirDrop – the ad-hoc service that allows iPhones, iPad and Mac computers to seamlessly share files with one another. Sure, the Google operating system used to have Android Beam, but that only worked with other smartphones and, let’s be honest, didn’t hold a candle to AirDrop in terms of speed or reliability.
Last month, XDA Developers unearthed evidence to suggest Google is working on an AirDrop equivalent for Android called Nearby Sharing. In fact, the reliably sharp folks at XDA Developers recently showed the feature in action.
As you’d expect, Nearby Sharing was shown by the outlet to allow Android users to quickly share the likes of photos, videos and more with each other. Although the functionality was demonstrated in an early build, it seemed to work pretty flawlessly with no real delay in transferring whatsoever.
Although Nearby Sharing looks incredibly tantalising, it doesn’t have an official release date. Perhaps Google is readying a full reveal of the feature at its annual I/O developer conference that returns to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in May?
Either way, Samsung isn’t waiting around for Google to make a ubiquitous Android file transferring system.