To start, only some Pixel devices and Samsung devices are included in the mix with expansion to other hardware over the next few weeks. While there are tons of services that do similar tasks as Airdrop or Google's new Nearby Share, there are none that can claim to be on everyone's devices out of the box.
Users must first "Accept" the transfer, with file name listed, and a circular indicator around the avatar noting progress. When you want to share something with a friend or someone else nearby, you can simply access Nearby Share from the Share menu. You can share files, photos or links securely.
To send something using Nearby Share, just use Android's default share feature and it will appear as a near option. Sender's device will now look for available devices. You can also make it so that your device remains hidden. Once the file is received and stored in your Downloads folder, it will automatically open.
On your phone, make sure Bluetooth and Location are turned on.
Nearby Share works via a handful of different protocols, sharing stuff via Bluetooth (including LE), WebRTC, or peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, depending on what's best for the situation.
After months of leaks and hints, Google has finally launched its Apple's AirDrop rival feature called Nearby Share. But it is disappointing to note that the feature will not work with Windows machines, Mac and iOS devices. Google is uniquely equipped to roll out a simple, fast, and unified file-sharing service thanks to its control over Google Play Services, which is installed on the vast majority of Android devices sold outside of China regardless of the manufacturer. Google's previous solution Android Beam, introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), was based on NFC and required users to physically tap their devices.