Google Nearby Share breaks boundaries, available on Windows now

Google Nearby Share extended to Windows, enabling seamless file transfer between Android devices and PCs.

| Updated on: Jul 21 2023, 15:57 IST
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Google Nearby Share allows seamless sharing of files between Android and Windows. (Google)

Google Nearby Share, a file transfer app that has been a staple on Android devices for years, is now making its official debut on Windows after successfully completing a beta phase initiated in March. This exciting development marks a significant expansion of the app's capabilities, as it initially allowed file transfers solely between Android phones. However, with the latest update, users can seamlessly share files between Windows PCs and Android devices, all through a local wireless connection. This not only eliminates the need for an internet connection but also ensures faster transfer speeds compared to traditional Bluetooth methods, as per a report by XDA Developers.

Seamless File Transfers Across Devices

As part of the full launch, Google is introducing several new enhancements to the Nearby Share experience on Windows. When receiving a file, users will now be able to preview images before accepting the transfer, providing added convenience and assurance that they are getting the right file. Additionally, the app will display an estimated time for file completion during the transfer process, eliminating any guesswork and making the overall experience even smoother.

Collaborating with Windows OEMs for Wider Reach

The announcement doesn't stop there. Google is taking this collaboration further by partnering with select Windows Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate the Nearby Share app directly into their PCs. The recently-launched HP Dragonfly Pro, available both as a Windows laptop and a Chromebook, is among the first to receive this integration. This step will undoubtedly broaden the app's accessibility and could position Nearby Share as one of the most popular file-sharing methods across different devices. Impressively, the beta version of the app has already seen over 1.7 million downloads, indicating its growing popularity among users.

This move also presents a challenge to Microsoft's own nearby sharing functionality, which has been a part of Windows 11 and 10 for some time. However, Microsoft's offering remained limited to Windows devices, rendering it less practical for those seeking to transfer files between their phones and PCs. While third-party apps on Android offered similar functionality, Microsoft never embraced the idea, leaving room for Google to take the lead. By collaborating with Windows OEMs, Google gains an advantage and could potentially reduce the usage of Windows' native nearby sharing feature, especially if other manufacturers follow HP's example and integrate Google's app by default.

Ready to Try Nearby Share on Windows?

For those eager to try out Nearby Share on Windows, the app is available for download from the official website. On Android devices, the feature is already seamlessly integrated into recent OS versions, requiring no additional setup.

With Nearby Share's expansion to Windows, Google is bridging the gap between Android and Windows users, enabling effortless and efficient file sharing across devices. As technology continues to break barriers, this move sets a precedent for future collaborations and innovations that enhance user experiences across different platforms.

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First Published Date: 21 Jul, 15:55 IST