Google has made some small changes to Google Files, its in-house file manager. It is now easier to send and/or receive files via the “Nearby Share” function.
Google still has a long way to go to match Apple’s AirDrop feature. But its “Nearby Share”, or “Nearby Share” tends to improve over the months. The feature is now fully integrated into its Android file manager, Google Files.
On an English-speaking Telegram thread dedicated to Google news, “ Google News | In “Launched by a certain Nail Sdykov, we learn that Google has made some changes to the integration of Nearby Share.
The tab ” To share from Google Files has been replaced by ” Nearby Sharing “, an update that we saw on our side on a OnePlus Nord 2T, but not on a Pixel 7 Pro, strangely. Previously, it was already a tab dedicated to Nearby Share, it is now more highlighted by being renamed. It allows you to send or receive files via nearby devices (smartphone, tablet, computer).
On the other hand, Google highlights its file manager
The other change seen on the Telegram channel is that Google has rolled out a ” Send in the Nearby Share window. This hasn’t been rolled out on our end, even on the latest Pixel. It apparently allows you to open the Google Files app to select files you want to send.
As the screenshot is from a Pixel smartphone, which by default only has the Google Files manager, it is not known if this button opens the default file manager or necessarily Google Files.
If so, this would be a way for Google to highlight its file manager. By renaming the sharing tab of the latter, it promotes its nearby sharing feature to the other side. The Android developer is gradually improving its AirDrop-like, removing approval when sharing, opening up to third-party apps and optimizing copy-paste.