Google has officially launched its Nearby Share application for Windows PCs, an announcement that follows a successful beta phase that began in March 2023.
Nearby Share simplifies the process of sharing files across multiple devices, such as phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and more. The beta version of the app reportedly reached an install base of over 1.7 million users, facilitating the transfer of more than 50 million files between PC and Android devices.
Google is marking the official release with several improvements to the Nearby Share app for Windows. Users can now see an estimated time for file transfers, giving a clearer understanding of how quickly large files or entire folders can be shared. Additionally, an image preview feature has been added to device notifications, providing an assurance that the correct file is being shared.
In a blog post, Google stated, “To make sharing between Android devices and PCs even more seamless, we’re working with partners like HP to include the Nearby Share app on select Windows PCs, such as the HP Dragonfly Pro. We’ll continue to work on Nearby Share for Windows, adding new functionality and listening to your feedback.”
Users need to enable their PC’s WiFi and Bluetooth functions to use Nearby Share for Windows. Once the setup is complete, users can drag files into the app or right-click on a file and select the Nearby Share option to send it to a nearby device. For the file transfer to be successful, the two devices must be within 16 feet of each other.