Google has announced that it has updated its Nearby Share tool with a new feature. With the new update, users can now share the files with multiple people rather than just one person at a time. To share a file with multiple users, one just has to add more recipients from the list during the transfer. Google is rolling out the feature for all devices running on Android 7 or later.
For those who are unaware, Google rolled out a Nearby Share tool for Android devices a couple of years ago. The feature allows you to share files, links, pictures and more to other Android users around you. It is quite similar to the AirDrop feature that is found in the Apple ecosystem. Nearby Share automatically chooses the best protocol for fast sharing using Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC or peer-to-peer WiFi. This means that you can use the feature without any internet connectivity.
Till now, the tool was only able to share files with one user at a time. The tech giant started testing the ability to share files to multiple users at once in March last year.
The new feature was announced by Google in a blog post where it also revealed several other features. One of such useful features has been added to the Live Transcribe app. As per the tech giant, the app now offers an offline mode for when Wi-Fi and data aren’t available, like on an airplane, in the subway, or in other areas without consistent internet access. The app provides real-time speech-to-text captions to enable everyday in-person conversations between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing.