- Samsung now has its own AirDrop-like feature.
- It is called Quick Share and has debuted on Galaxy S20 phones.
- Quick Share will come to other devices soon.
Apple is known for providing a hassle-free user experience across its devices - something that gains iOS an edge over other mobile operating systems. While Android has its own advantages, iOS is spot on with its nifty features. One of these features is AirDrop that is useful for when you have to share files between Apple devices. Samsung, which relies on Android as an ecosystem on its smartphone, has finally come up with its answer to AirDrop. Called the Quick Share, the new wireless file transfer facility is debuting on the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
As the name suggests, Quick Share lets a Samsung user "share everything with your friends instantly." The functionality works pretty much the same way as Apple's AirDrop. If you have any contacts nearby, given they have also turned the Quick Share feature on, you can instantly share files with them. You can send files to up to 5 contacts concurrently, unlike AirDrop that lets you make transfers to one device at a time.
Folks at XDA Developers also managed to get their hands on the feature and they were kind enough to share the screenshots. Quick Share has features similar to those of AirDrop, which also means the file transfer will only be restricted to Samsung phones and tablets using the feature.
At the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event, Samsung did not really mention Quick Share. But the feature has been listed under the section that notes the features of Galaxy S20 cameras. The page also mentions that Quick Share is currently supported only on Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. It will be rolled out to more devices soon. It is not clear whether Samsung's mid-range and budget offerings will also get the feature.
Along the same lines, Google is also working on an AirDrop-like feature that will be called Nearby Sharing. It is expected to be rolled out to Pixel phones before it makes its way to devices from other OEMs. Nearby Sharing will also use connectivity options such as Bluetooth, in addition to NFC to ensure the file transfers are quicker. While AirDrop too has similar functionality, it also takes into account the user profile that has been used to sign in to an Apple device. If one account has more than one Apple device, AirDrop on either device will automatically show the nearby iPhone or MacBook or iPad.