Google May Just Bring Its Nearby Share To Desktop/Laptop Platforms: Windows, Macs & even Linux May be Supported

Apple’s AirDrop is quite excellent, to say the least. Apple has really perfected the idea. Starting from something that was a bit glitchy to the flawlessness of the service today. Yes, it is restricted to the Apple-Ecosystem but it does what it does so brilliantly in it. Android has lacked such a service but we got something from them too. Nearby Sharing, a service quite similar to AirDrop. The plus side of it is that since Android works on an open-source platform, it gives developers room to evolve.

According to the recent update, an article on 9to5Google states that Google may have bigger plans for their service. While seen previously as a competitor for the AirDrop, Google wants to spread the service even more. According to the article, Google may be close to developing the sharing system for systems such as Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. While the latter does make sense, the first three are a bit surprising. That is, in a good way though. Especially Apple!

Google has already brought the service to Chrome OS in its latest builds of the Canary version. While this is the case, it also tells us that it is still in beta version and Google is testing the waters. The thing with Canary versions is that sometimes features never make it to the end product. Right now, it is still too soon to say. While Google has added the option in the settings and flags menu of the OS, turning the toggles on simply doesn’t do anything. Maybe it was an accident, maybe a deliberate attempt to create hype. Only Google knows. One thing is for sure, a service like this would and should be praised. In today’s day and age, integration is the way to go.


Sarmad Burki

Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.