Google and Samsung collaborated to unveil enhanced Quick Share

Quick Share

Google and Samsung have joined forces to consolidate their file-sharing capabilities into a unified solution called Quick Share. Quick Share merges the best features of Nearby Share and Samsung’s Quick Share to create a unified peer-to-peer content sharing feature. This new unified solution will become the go-to method for Android and Chromebook users for file sharing. However, it is not clear if the merged solution is based on Nearby Share or Quick Share.

Google introduced Nearby Share back in 2020 for users to make it easy to share files across devices. Samsung also released a similar feature called Quick Share. Both solutions use Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi Direct to transfer files to a nearby device. But Quick Share was only to share files from a Samsung device to another Samsung device.

Users can initiate file sharing with a simple tap of the Quick Share icon. It will display a list of available devices nearby. Users still have control over their privacy and they can customize settings and choose who can discover their device and send files. Privacy settings can be adjusted to allow everyone, only contacts, or solely personal devices to connect.

Samsung and Google also trying to work with PC manufacturers to bring Quick Share to Windows PCs as a pre-installed app for file sharing.

The rollout of Quick Share is scheduled to begin next month for current Nearby Share-enabled devices.

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