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OnePlus to abandon its own file sharing solution now that Nearby Share is here

OnePlus to abandon its own file sharing solution now that Nearby Share is here

Not long ago, Google lacked an alternative to Apple's wireless peer-to-peer file transfer system, AirDrop — another factor along with iMessage that keeps users within Apple's walled garden. This led smartphone companies to come up with their own file sharing solutions, such as OnePlus with its own File Dash. Now that Google has added Nearby Share to Android, OnePlus is letting go of its home-grown alternative.

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Google has some exciting features planned for Nearby Share v2.0

Google has some exciting features planned for Nearby Share v2.0

Android's open-source nature makes it difficult for phones from different OEMs to play well with each other unless Google steps in and makes changes to Android or GMS (Google Mobile Services). This is exactly what happened in the case of Nearby Share, which allows easier sharing of files between different Android devices. While we wouldn't go as far as to say it works just as well Apple's AirDrop, Nearby Share v2.0 is getting a bunch of improvements that could help close the gap.

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Google Nearby Share may soon make family sharing a lot easier

Google Nearby Share may soon make family sharing a lot easier

Google’s answer to Apple AirDrop, Nearby Share, does a decent enough job of sending files to nearby Android devices. However, it still lacks some features as well as the seamless experience of its competitor. It now looks like Nearby Share is trying to one-up AirDrop by adding an option that allows sending files to multiple recipients in one go.

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Here's how to use Android's Nearby Share on your Chromebook

Here's how to use Android's Nearby Share on your Chromebook

For around a decade, Chromebooks lacked the cross-device synergy found on rival platforms. Sharing files between your Google devices is nowhere fluid like Apple's iPhone-Mac integration. Phone Hub tightens your phone and Chromebook closer, but it's still a hassle to share content. Now, Google announced Nearby Share for Chrome OS, its answer to Apple's AirDrop. While Google says Nearby Share is launching "in the coming months," you can start using it right now in Chrome OS 89.

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Tip: Nearby Share has the same tap-to-send NFC support as Android Beam

Tip: Nearby Share has the same tap-to-send NFC support as Android Beam

Android's new Nearby Sharing feature replaced the old Android Beam last year, and it makes swapping files or other content between Android devices much easier. But if you preferred the tap-based mechanics of the old system, we've got a small surprise for you. Turns out, you can use NFC to bump content between phones with Nearby Sharing just like you could with Android Beam.

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Android 12 brings a new way to share Wi-Fi passwords

Android 12 brings a new way to share Wi-Fi passwords

As previously rumored, Google has introduced a new way to share Wi-Fi network passwords seamlessly as part of Android 12. The new sharing experience is powered by Google's Nearby Share feature, which rolled out last summer after a long wait. Nearby Share wirelessly discovers other nearby Android devices in use by persons in your contact list who also have the setting enabled.

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Android's Airdrop-like Nearby Share is starting to let you share apps, too

Android's Airdrop-like Nearby Share is starting to let you share apps, too

Last year, Google teased its Airdrop-like Nearby Share feature for months before finally landing, letting users wirelessly and locally share content like photos and videos, but also links and app intents. Back at the start of December we started hearing about a new feature for Nearby Share designed to extend that support to sharing entire apps. Now it looks like that functionality is finally starting to arrive in the Play Store.

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Here's how Google might simplify Wi-Fi password sharing in Android 12

Here's how Google might simplify Wi-Fi password sharing in Android 12

Asking for the Wi-Fi password always feels a little awkward, but Google has been working on ways to make the process easier. Android 10 allowed users to share network details via QR codes, and now it looks like Nearby Share could simplify things even further in an upcoming version of Android — possibly even this year's Android 12 release.

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Our 10 favorite Android features from 2020

Our 10 favorite Android features from 2020

2020 has been a standout year in more ways than one. On personal, national, and global levels, many of us have faced hardships and had to adapt to new realities and life-altering changes. On this day, though, I'd like to put the negative thoughts aside and focus on what has kept us rolling here at Android Police despite it all.

We love gadgets (duh), we love Android, and we love digging, finding, and reporting on the smallest and biggest features that come to those metal and glass sheets that we carry with us everywhere. Some of them are bad, bad, evil changes; others are much more welcome.

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Nearby Share starts rolling out to Pixels and Samsung phones today, all Android 6.0+ devices in the coming weeks

Nearby Share starts rolling out to Pixels and Samsung phones today, all Android 6.0+ devices in the coming weeks

Google's AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature for Android is now officially rolling out. Marking the successful end of a test that started back in June, the long-awaited Android Beam successor is landing today on Google's Pixels and select Samsung phones, and it should be coming to all phones running Android 6.0 and later in the coming weeks. Chromebook support is also planned "in the coming months."

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