Google will soon introduce Nearby Sharing, an AirDrop concept for Android. This will effectively replace Android Beam that was discontinued with Android 10. Samsung will also introduce a similar alternative named Quick Share.
According to XDA Developers, they were able to test out the unreleased feature. They did so by doing a wireless transfer between a Google Pixel 2 XL and the new Pixel 4. XDA Developers reported that both phones were running Android 10. This means that Nearby Sharing will be available on Android devices with Google Play Services preinstalled.
XDA Developers accessed Nearby Sharing, detailed in a hands-on video, through the Quick Settings. You can see the option in the Quick Settings tile and can be easily turned on or off. The system will let you search accounts to share files with. Nearby Sharing comes off as a versatile feature as it boasts of granting permission to every file that’s sent to you, an option to keep your device visible, and choosing data or Wi-Fi for transferring data. Akin to AirDrop, Bluetooth and location must be turned on to use Nearby Sharing. XDA Developers report that the distance limit is one foot apart.
Nearby Sharing was earlier name Fast Share. Nearby Sharing could be a reliable competitor to AirDrop as it will be embedded into Android devices. Moreover, this will completely replace the Android Beam.