Android nearby sharing feature may soon support group transmission

Using PNF Software’s JEB Decompiler tool to reverse engineer Android applications, XDA-Developers has just discovered the new feature of Google’s Nearby Share. After disassembling the APK installation package of the Google Play service version 21.15.12, we found that Nearby Share will soon support group transfer experience (that is, sharing files to multiple people at once), in addition to the visibility policy settings of the device Changed.

As previously introduced, Neighborhood Share will support up to four other devices connected, but only one device’s files can be transferred at a time. When XDA-Developers first saw the group transmission prompt of Nearby Share, it was not successfully activated for the first time until the Google Play service was upgraded to version 21.15.12.

In this video, Mishaal Rahman try a set of files 4, respectively, to transfer from Google Pixel ASUS ROG Phone 5, a plus on 9 Pro, and LG Velvet. As you can see, group transmission is only enabled on Pixel 4, but the Google Play service has also been upgraded to 21.15.12 on several other devices (not sure if it is necessary).

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Followed by the changes in device visibility settings. In order to prevent the function from being abused like Apple AirDrop, Google provides an option to temporarily enable “Allow everyone to connect”. In this way, after the appointed few minutes (here 5 minutes is taken as an example), the visibility setting of the device will be automatically restored to “only known contacts”. Of course, if your heart is wide, you can set it to “Always allow everyone to connect.”

It should be pointed out that this feature is still in the stage of small-scale trials, which does not mean that it will be pushed to everyone soon.


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