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Samsung is working on its own version of Apple AirDrop for Galaxy phone users

Samsung is working on its own version of Apple AirDrop to allow Galaxy phone owners to quickly share photos and videos with other nearby users

  • XDA developers published the details of the shared shared function online.
  • It is said that the tool is called Quick Share and will be launched with the Galaxy S20 +
  • Quick Share will also allow users to send to Samsung SmartThings devices
  • According to reports, Google is working on its own Air Drop clone called Nearby Sharing

According to reports, Samsung is working on its own version of Apple’s AirDrop feature, which will allow Galaxy phone users to quickly share photos and videos with other people nearby.

The tool, which will be called ‘Quick Share’, is expected to launch with the Galaxy S20 +, which will likely be presented at Samsung’s Unpacked event on February 11.

This event will also see the launch of the Galaxy Bloom, the company’s new folding smartphone.

Quick Share, which is expected to come with all devices that start with One UI 2.1 and higher, will also support cloud sharing of Samsung SmartThings devices.

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Samsung is reportedly working on its own version of Apple's AirDrop feature that will allow Galaxy phone users to quickly share photos and videos with other people nearby.

Samsung is reportedly working on its own version of Apple’s AirDrop feature that will allow Galaxy phone users to quickly share photos and videos with other people nearby.

“Quick Share is programmed to be a fairly simple and fast tool to send files between two Galaxy phones,” says writer Max Weinbach XDA developers, who said he received the so-called Android Package (APK) from an anonymous source.

“We were able to run the APK on some different Galaxy phones, but we couldn’t transfer two files between the devices,” he added.

“The APK was not intended for our test devices, so it is not surprising that it does not work.”

As with Apple AirDrop, nearby compatible phones will appear on the Quick Share screen allowing the transfer of images, videos and other files.

If enabled, Quick Share will also support sending and receiving to all nearby compatible devices, or only to those that are also on your contact list.

AirDrop, launched in 2011, has sparked a controversy over how the ‘all’ configuration of the feature can allow strangers to send unsolicited and offensive images through the Bluetooth and WiFi-based communications tool.

After a prominent incident in 2015 in which a woman on public transport was harassed for sending two images of male genitalia, these incidents were widely referred to as ‘cyber flashing’.

As with Apple AirDrop, in the image, compatible compatible phones will appear nearby on the Quick Share screen that allows the transfer of images, videos and other files. AirDrop, launched in 2011, has sparked a controversy over how the 'all' configuration of the function can allow strangers to send unsolicited and offensive images

As with Apple AirDrop, in the image, compatible compatible phones will appear nearby on the Quick Share screen that allows the transfer of images, videos and other files. AirDrop, launched in 2011, has sparked a controversy over how the 'all' configuration of the function can allow strangers to send unsolicited and offensive images

As with Apple AirDrop, in the image, compatible compatible phones will appear nearby on the Quick Share screen that allows the transfer of images, videos and other files. AirDrop, launched in 2011, has sparked a controversy over how the ‘all’ configuration of the function can allow strangers to send unsolicited and offensive images

The tool, which will be called 'Quick Share', is expected to launch with the Galaxy S20 +, which will probably be announced at the Samsung Unpacking event on February 11

The tool, which will be called 'Quick Share', is expected to launch with the Galaxy S20 +, which will probably be announced at the Samsung Unpacking event on February 11

The tool, which will be called 'Quick Share', is expected to launch with the Galaxy S20 +, which will probably be announced at the Samsung Unpacking event on February 11

The tool, which will be called 'Quick Share', is expected to launch with the Galaxy S20 +, which will probably be announced at the Samsung Unpacking event on February 11

The tool, which will be called ‘Quick Share’, is expected to launch with the Galaxy S20 +, which will probably be announced at the Samsung Unpacking event on February 11

Quick Share, unlike AirDrop, will also allow users to stream files to Samsung ‘SmartThings’ devices by temporarily uploading them to the cloud first.

According to Max Weinbach, these files will be allowed to be as large as 1 gigabyte, with a maximum daily transfer capacity of 2 gigabytes.

‘[Quick Share] it’s also the kind of service that I imagine would be available on most older Samsung devices with a software update, “speculated Weinbach.

“Although its deployment would be completely in Samsung,” he added.

Quick Share, which is expected to come with all devices that start with One UI 2.1 and higher, will also support cloud sharing of Samsung SmartThings devices

Quick Share, which is expected to come with all devices that start with One UI 2.1 and higher, will also support cloud sharing of Samsung SmartThings devices

Quick Share, which is expected to come with all devices that start with One UI 2.1 and higher, will also support cloud sharing of Samsung SmartThings devices

Quick Share, which is expected to come with all devices that start with One UI 2.1 and higher, will also support cloud sharing of Samsung SmartThings devices

Quick Share, which is expected to come with all devices that start with One UI 2.1 and higher, will also support cloud sharing of Samsung SmartThings devices

Samsung is not the only smartphone manufacturer in which it is working, or has already done so, following in the footsteps of Apple AirDrop.

“Google is currently working on a feature called Near Sharing as part of Google Play services,” Weinbach wrote.

“In theory, this could support all compatible Android and ChromeOS phones.”

Chinese technology firms Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi also have cross-platform sharing features available on their devices.

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