It looks like Google is planning to come closer to Apple and other mobile OS makers, at least in terms of making sharing files between devices. A set of illustrations and code has been spotted on the latest version of Google Play Services app. The new feature suggests that the search engine giant is working to expand the functionality of Android Beam.
Calling it the Copresence, the new Google feature for Android devices, will be a contactless data transfer service and allows the users to exchange files, photos, messages, directions and more between devices regardless of the platform. In other words, with the new feature, users can share files and content between any device running on any platforms..
The new feature, first spotted by Android Police will most likely use Wi-Fi Direct to transfer data and Bluetooth/ NFC for authentication as well as establishing a quick connection between the devices.
Moreover, the images related to Copresence setup and onboarding have also been spotted via Google Play Services APK. The APK also contains XML definitions for the setup process' various layouts.
What looks like a modified Google Nearby feature, the Copresence service could arrive in "the coming weeks." However, it is not sure when it will actually rolling out.
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