While Google has introduced many great features to its Android devices, it still hasn't been able to mimic the ease of one of Apple's best features, AirDrop. All that is about to change with the introduction of Fast Share. Here's what you need to know.
The closest thing Google has to AirDrop is Android Beam, but earlier this year, the company announced it was scrapping this feature in the upcoming Android Q update.
Google’s next version of its mobile operating system, Android Q, isn’t quite ready for prime time just yet. For the brave few who don’t mind encountering a bug or two, you can download the beta of Android Q and try it out on your Android phone before it’s available to everyone else.
But all is not lost - the technicians in the Google factory have finally found their answer to Apple's AirDrop and it's called Fast Share.
Fast Share works like its competitor AirDrop by enabling file sharing between nearby Android devices without the need for internet connectivity. Simply turn on Bluetooth and enable location settings and you'll be able share your favourite shots with friends (or whatever the use case might be).
What's most interesting perhaps is that, according to 9to5Google's screenshots, you will be able to share files between Android and Apple devices. This is a feature AirDrop has frustratingly never enabled.
While the standalone app is not yet available on Australia's Google Play store, expect to see it in the coming months as the Android Q update is rolled out to various smartphones.
Android Q is unquestionably Google's biggest and most ambitious OS update yet. While the official release of Android Q is some way off, there are a few fun features you can play with right now via the latest beta. Here's how it's done.