Over the years, Samsung has built up on top of Android a software suite that brings a great deal to the table beyond Google’s own offerings. Now, we’re hearing that the Samsung Galaxy S20 will likely see Samsung’s launch of “Quick Share” an AirDrop clone of Apple.
AirDrop is a feature that has proved incredibly useful on Apple’s iOS and macOS. It allows file sharing between devices quickly and easily over a Wi-Fi connection. Google is preparing its own “Nearby Sharing” copy of this feature, but it looks as if Samsung could beat them to the punch.
Max Weinbach, responsible as of late for a few other Samsung Galaxy S20-related leaks, found evidence of this new “Quick Share feature and said it’s obviously going to arrive on Galaxy S20. He managed to get the feature running on his Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Note 10 (via XDA-Developers). Unfortunately, with that early version of the app, he was not able to actually transfer files.
The feature has a panel within Samsung’s settings, and it shows devices around you just like AirDrop. It only shows Samsung devices nearby, as one might expect.
This feature’s scope is something that concerns me that little bit. Because Samsung does not control Android as a whole, for that matter this feature would not be available for sharing with other Android devices, or iPhones. Therefore, to make Quick Share universal, even on Samsung’s own smartphones, Samsung would have to update quite a lot of other devices. Samsung will probably also bake this feature into tablets such as the Galaxy Tab S6, its Windows laptops, and who knows, maybe it will even find a way to put it on the Chromebook.
Ironically, for this feature, Samsung has yet another extension available. Samsung SmartThings will also be able to send files to devices. This is done by uploading the files to Samsung Cloud temporarily, and then streaming them to that device. There is however a daily limit of 2 GB on this.
Some other notable Quick Share details include the ability to limit who can access files. Users can only allow their contacts to forward files to their device to avoid spam. You can also turn Quick Share on or off as you would probably expect it to be able to. You can also adjust the name of your device, as you see fit.
It’s awesome that we now see Android manufacturers taking the time to compete with Apple’s AirDrop at long last. That’s past long overdue.