'Android's long-awaited "Nearby Sharing" feature, which allows you to
share files between Android devices wirelessly, is rolling out to beta
testers. Android Police reports:
Nearby Sharing may appear slightly differently depending on the type
of content you try to share. In all cases, it shows up as an app in
the apps list on the share sheet, but you may also get a smaller
prompt just under the content preview, more like it did in the
previous Android 11 video leak. We tested it on a Pixel 4 XL and Pixel
3a running Android 10, but the appearance may also vary on other
versions of Android. Note that Nearby Share works for both files like
photos or videos, as well as other shareable content like Tweets and
URLs. It probably works with a lot of things.
Select Nearby Share in the share sheet as the target, and you're
prompted to turn on the feature, if it's the first time you've used
it. The quick setup process lets you configure your default device
name and device visibility settings, though those can also be changed
later. Once you have it enabled, Nearby Sharing starts looking for
other nearby devices. The interface is pretty simple: A big X in the
top left corner backs you out, your avatar on the right takes you to a
settings pane that lets you configure things like your device name,
visibility, and which mechanism to use to make the transfer (i.e.,
whether to use your internet connection for small files, to stick to
Wi-Fi, or to always share offline).
Google says Nearby Share is currently in limited testing via the Play
Services beta: "We're currently conducting a beta test of a new Nearby
Share feature that we plan to share more information on in the future.
Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices
as well as other platforms."'
-- source: https://mobile.slashdot.org/story/20/06/30/2014259
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