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Google Nearby Sharing to soon arrive on Chrome browser

Google’s wireless file sharing service ‘Nearby Sharing’ is set to come to Chrome browser. Here is what the feature looks like.

Google Chrome
Google Chrome (Hindustan Times)

Google’s long-awaited AirDrop-rival ‘Nearby Sharing’ is inching closer to an official roll-out. The feature is already rolling out to Android users, albeit gradually. It is also going to come on Google’s Chrome browser.

Ahead of a wide roll-out, Google’s Nearby Sharing has debuted in Chrome’s latest Canary release.

First reported by Techdows, a desktop version of the Nearby Sharing is seen in action. The screenshot does not reveal how it will work but shows the interface of the functionality.

According to the report, Nearby Sharing will be available via chrome://nearby. On this page, you will see options such as select people to you would like to share a document/multimedia with. On the right-hand side, you will see a list of compatible devices nearby as well.

Here is what the Nearby Sharing on Chrome desktop looks like
Here is what the Nearby Sharing on Chrome desktop looks like

Google’s Nearby Sharing will be available on Windows, Chromebook, Mac, and Linux platforms. The recent Windows 10 1803 build already supports the feature.

Just a quick recap, Nearby Sharing will allow you to share content with compatible devices in the proximity using your mobile data or Wi-Fi network.

As you would have you already figured, it is very similar to Apple’s popular AirDrop feature. It is worth noting that Samsung is also said to be working on something similar, dubbed as Quick Share. Chinese handset companies such as Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have also co-developed a similar wireless file sharing platform.