Google prepares Fast Share, wireless file transfer service
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With Android Q, Google said goodbye to Android Beam, the wireless transference transfer service who used the NFC as a pairing method. Google has pushed users towards your application Files where you have added a similar function. However, it seems that the company is working on A new tool for file sharing. Be called Fast share, and is part of Near service on Google Play Services. It seems to be not only a replacement for Android Beam but also a Apple AirDrop competitor.
The middle 9to5Google detected Fast Share for the first time today, and the XDA boys discovered how to access the to share screenshots of the service. The screenshots show that the new file-sharing tool allows you to "share with nearby devices without the Internet," as Android Beam once did. Instead of NFC, the service uses Bluetooth to start pairing and then transfer the files through a Wi-Fi Direct connection. This allows larger files to transfer. much faster than Android Beam. Fast Share even allows you to give our devices "Preferred Visibility" to nearby devices. The above allows you to "always see your device when it is close, even if you are not using Fast Share."
The shipping process seems similar to Apple's AirDrop file sharing service. Can be sent one or more files to another device selecting the desired files and selecting the option “Quick share”In the share menu. Then you can choose which device The shipment will be made once they appear in the scan menu. Currently, the service shows generic objectives, which include a Chromebook, a Google Pixel 3, an iPhone and a smart watch. With luck, the service can support the sending of files to Chrome OS devices, Apple iOS and Wear OS smart watches once it is published.
Play Services based for compatibility
What is quite certain is that Fast Share admit send and receive files to and from other Android devices with Google Play Services installed. However, we are not sure about whether Fast Share require a specific version of Android. We assume that support most of the modern versions of Android, since it only requires Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct.
Being based on Google Play Services, the tool would be supported by the vast majority of devices present in the Android market. We hope to hear more about Fast Share in the coming weeks.
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