Google has its own file sharing system, called Android Beam, which is not very popular due to some reasons.
For starters, you needed NFC to start the sharing process, and files were transferred to Bluetooth, which is not as fast as possible to use Wi-Fi.
Android has a pretty flexible file sharing system for years now, sponsored by third-party applications like SHAREit.
However, none of them comes close to the simplicity of Apple’s airdrops.
All this can be charged in Android Q because it seems Google is using a new file sharing method called Fast Stock.
First seen by 9to5Google, XDA Developers recognized developer Quinny899 that he could use this feature and work it out.
The first screen of the fast stock introduces you to the feature and tells you what you can do.
It mentions “the ability to share nearby devices without the Internet”. Here, you can also set a name for your device.
Once it is turned on, Fast Share uses Bluetooth to find nearby devices and then creates an ad-hoc Wi-Fi connection for transferring files between the two devices.
Here, you can also give your friends and family the status of “preferred visibility”, allow your phone to automatically see even when Fast Sharing is off.
Fast Share uses Bluetooth to find nearby devices and then creates an ad-hoc Wi-Fi connection for transferring files
The sharing process is similar to Apple’s AirDrop. Once you have selected which you want to share, you will have the option of using Fast Share in addition to other apps on your phone.
Currently, apps have some “dummy” close contacts, such as a Chromebook, Pixel 3, and iPhone and Smartwatch.
It is still unclear whether fast shares will be able to work on platforms with Apple devices, but if this can happen, then it will solve a major hurdle for many users.
The tool is called a part of Nearby Services in Google Play Services. We do not have any details on which Android versions are supported,
but we are anticipating that support expanded to at least some of the previous Android generations.