One of Apple’s most commendable features in the iPhone, Airdrop is expected to get an identical rival from Android soon. Android is reportedly planning to launch a new Fast Share feature soon, that will allow users to share files more quickly using a combination of WiFi and Bluetooth. As of what is known for now, the feature may become available for Chromebooks, iOS, and Wear OS Smartwatches too along with Android devices.
Once a user turns the feature on, they’ll be able to send any file in just two taps, one from the sender and the other from the receiver, provided the receiver too is using the feature and has it turned on. There are a few differences like the feature for Android won’t allow the users to limit their transfers only to their contacts. However, they’ll be able to make themselves available to their favorite devices by using the ‘Preferred Visibility’ option. Despite Fast Share being a Google Services Feature, it is not likely to require an update to Android Q. That implies Google will be launching the feature in the near future without making the users wait for too long. The company has also confirmed that it will be deprecating Android Beam Transfer in Q, which makes Fast Share as the last remaining option for Android users to transfer files locally without using any additional app.
Talking of updates from Google, the company is planning to replace Android entirely with a new OS which is being called Fuchsia for now. The new OS is tipped to be Google’s attempt to create a better replacement for Android that covers almost every device and works fine on any screen size. Fuchsia will reportedly support both Android and Fuchsia apps. The release date however is still years away for now to say the least.