Samsung is currently working on its own “AirDrop” file sharing service, which is set to be released with Galaxy S20, as per some sources. Some screenshots of the feature showed that it would work as AirDrop does – it will allow you to share files with people nearby, they only need to have their Quick Share turned on. You can also restrict who can send you files right from your contact list. If you don’t do that, you will probably have people send you weird pictures all the time.
AirDrop has been very useful for Apple users ever since it was first released back in 2011. Android has really tried to come with a competitor on the market but failed. They included something called Android Beam, but they stopped it with Android 10. Google’s Files app comes with such feature, but it’s not the same thing, and we all know it.
Android still does not have something similar to AirDrop
But that doesn’t mean that they won’t find something in the future. Sources have talked about “Nearby Sharing,” which seems to be accessed right from the quick settings panel. It was first seen under the name Fast Share back in 2019, but it is still under development, as we know so far.
Samsung will allow users to share files with other Samsung smartphone users, and also transfer data to SmartThings devices. In order to do so, you need to upload your file to Samsung Cloud before you download it on the device. But this mode is limited, with 1GB at a time, and there is a maximum of 2GB per day.
Samsung is not the only one to work on something similar to AirDrop. Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo also made their way to this list – they announced they were working on a “peer-to-peer transfer protocol,” which is bound to work across their devices. This feature will be launched next month.