What you need to know
- Google last month started rolling out Nearby Share to a select few Android users.
- The company now seems to have its sights on Windows.
- The latest Dev and Canary builds of Chrome for Windows include experimental support for the highly-anticipated feature.
After years of pleas, Google has finally listened to its users and brewed up its own version of Apple's beloved AirDrop. And while quickly sharing large files between phones is fun, one of the biggest draws of AirDrop is its seamless integration across devices, whether that your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Thankfully, Google, too, is aiming for the same type of ubiquity and cross-platform compatibility for Nearby Share, as the folks as Techdows discovered this week. The latest Dev and Canary builds of Chrome for Windows, it seems, have an experimental flag enabling Nearby Share for Windows PCs!
Of course, the feature won't just be limited to Windows in the future and should be available on all the platforms where Chrome is available: Mac, Linux, and of course, Chromebooks. That ubiquity will, in fact, allow Google to even one-up AirDrop, and make it the file sharing mode of choice for many users regardless of which platform they use.
To activate the feature on your PC, head over to chrome://flags in the browser, and search for the 'Nearby Sharing' flag. Once you've enabled it, chrome://nearby should bring up the understandably very rudimentary UI for the feature.
Additionally, you will need to have a PC with Bluetooth and a compatible Chromebook or Android device for Nearby Sharing to work. It also goes without saying, of course, that both devices must be close to each other with Bluetooth and Nearby Sharing turned on.
If you'd like to try Nearby Share for yourself, you're in luck! The company finally let users have a small taste of the feature late last month with a beta test. However, it's only being propagated to a select few devices enrolled in both the Android 11 and the Google Play Services betas. If you're not among the lucky few, however, the feature will become officially available with Android 11 in September.
Review: Elgato's Wave 3 is a great first attempt at a condenser mic
The Elgato Wave 3 is one of two new microphones from Elgato, which aims to give streamers an affordable high-quality all-in-one condenser mic with impressive studio features on the side. Is it worth the asking price, though? Let's take a look (and listen.)
Razer adds more splashes of color to its accessories and Blade 15
Razer's lineup of gaming accessories is getting a colorful new coat of paint today. Everything from the Razer Viper Ultimate to the Hammerhead Wireless headphones are now available in Quartz pink and Mercury white. Even the Blade 15 is getting a new coat of Quartz soon.
Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S preorders: The ultimate guide
Your ultimate guide to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S preorders, including the planned start date, pricing, where to buy, and everything you need to know.
These are the best AMD AM4 motherboards with PCIe 4.0
Looking for the best AMD motherboards with PCIe 4.0? We've got you covered with our top recommendations right here to build quite the PC.