Google today officially unveiled a new Nearby Share app for Windows that allows you to easily and securely share files between nearby Android phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and other devices.
Beta Version Trusted Since March 2023
The beta version of the application has been trusted since March 2023. During this time, Nearby Share has been installed by more than 1.7 million Windows device owners, who have transferred more than 50 million files to and from Android using it.
New Features Based on Beta User Wishes
By the official release, the application received several new features that were added by the developers based on the wishes of the beta version users:
1. Estimated Transfer Completion Time
Displays the estimated time when the file transfer will be completed. This can be useful when you need to send large files – like videos or entire folders – and want to see how quickly they become available on another device.
2. Image Preview
Image preview. It’s a good idea to look at the preview before submitting to make sure you’ve selected and used the correct file. The same on the receiving device – before opening the file, the user will receive a preview of it in the notification.
Easy File Transfer via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
To transfer files using Nearby Share, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth must be enabled on the PC. Once the feature is configured, the user will be able to drag the file into the app or right-click on it and select the Nearby option. The devices between which files are being transferred must be within 5 m of each other.
Nearby Share for Android
NIX Solutions reminds that the Nearby Share feature for Android appeared in the fall of 2022. According to Google, it is actively used by about 3 billion Android device owners around the world.