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Google, Samsung partner to merge Nearby Share into Quick Share

The merged Quick Share will roll out starting next month.

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Google’s Nearby Share is getting a new name, courtesy of the company’s tie-up with Samsung to merge it into the company’s Quick Share. 

Most Android users should be familiar with Nearby Share. Google introduced it back in 2020 as its answer to Apple’s AirDrop

The feature enabled users to share images, videos, files, links, and Wi-Fi passwords between Android, Chromebooks, and Windows devices. 

While a few prior leaks were indicating Google/Samsung collaboration, it is now official. Nearby Share will now be called Quick Share.

What are the differences between Nearby Share and Quick Share? 

Samsung owners are very much aware of Quick Share. It is the Korean company’s proprietary tool for transferring files. 

It is also very similar to Google’s Nearby Share, as both employ Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi Direct to find devices close by and transfer files.

However, unlike Nearby Share, Samsung’s file transfer technology only works for Galaxy users. While there is a workaround, it requires a few extra steps. 

Another big difference comes in the form of the number of devices. Quick Share allows users to share files with up to five devices simultaneously, but Nearby Share sticks to transferring one device at a time. 

The file transfer limits of both solutions also vary. Nearby Share allows 500 files/day of unlimited size, while the latter allows files of up to 1GB for a single transfer and a total of 5GB per day.

New Google/Samsung collaboration blurs the limitations

New Quick Share
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All these limitations should fade away after the merger, as it simply turns into Quick Share. 

However, it’s unclear at the moment whether the merged solutions will be based on Google’s version of Nearby Share or Samsung’s existing version of Quick Share. According to Google’s blog post,

We’ve integrated the experiences and created the best default, built-in option for peer-to-peer content sharing across all types of devices in the Android ecosystem, including Chromebooks.

The companies are in talks with PC manufacturers like LG to expand the horizon of Quick Share to turn it into a pre-installed application for Windows PCs

Either way, Google will start rolling out Quick Share to all the Nearby Share-enabled devices next month.

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