Google brings Nearby Sharing from Android to Windows


While Chrome OS is Google’s “desktop” platform for laptops and other computers, many Android users are turning to Windows for a more powerful operating system. Google is now fully embracing this trend, with plans to bring Nearby Share and Quick Pair to Windows PCs.

Coming “later this year”, Android users will be able to connect their phones to Windows PCs to share Bluetooth devices as well as easily transfer files.

The new tools start with support for Fast Pair. As on Android phones – and soon Google TV/Android TV – this feature will allow users to connect compatible Bluetooth headphones to their computer.

Beyond that, and perhaps more excitingly, Google is also bringing Nearby Sharing to Windows, allowing users to share files from Android to Windows wirelessly. Google hasn’t confirmed exactly how this feature will be made available, but the company says it will start appearing on PCs sold by Acer and HP from 2022, with Google also working with Intel on the feature. Google says this implementation will also allow your PC to sync texts from your Android phone.

Interestingly, this feature appears to be in a standalone app, although Google couldn’t comment on the specifics of how Nearby Share works on Windows in a previous briefing.

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