Group transfers of nearby shared resources will be updated soon

Near Share is the Android version of Apple’s AirDrop, although it is still not as convenient as its competitor. An upcoming update to Google Play Services may bring a new group transfer feature so you can share files on multiple devices at once. There may also be an improvement to the device visibility policy so that you can share not only with your close contacts, but with any device that is close to you. There is no confirmation yet on when the update will be rolled out, but since these new features appear to be functional already, it probably will be soon.

XDA developers share an APK teardown where they were able to force the upcoming new features for Near Share. They had previously shared that they detected the strings on these new functions, but now they can get them to work. The group transfer function will allow you to send files to up to four nearby devices. Unfortunately, you cannot do it all at once, as you will only transfer one device at a time.

While you can select multiple devices at once, you will have to manually approve the file transfer on each one in the order you selected them. Hopefully this is something that will change when the feature is officially rolled out as it seems inconvenient. Some of the devices they used when transferring the files include a Google Pixel 4 (the transferring device), an ASUS ROG Phone 5, a OnePlus 9 Pro, and an LG Velvet (the receiving devices).

Another feature that will come with the update is a change in the visibility of the device. Currently, you can only share with contacts who are close, but the update will allow you to share with everyone who is close. There is a switch to “temporarily use everyone mode” to prevent possible abuse. But if you think it’s okay for you and the people around you, you can choose to toggle “keep everyone’s mode all the time.”

It is not yet known when the update to the Google Play service will finally be released. And as with most teardowns, there’s no guarantee this is what we’ll see when it’s finally released.

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