Back in August 2020, Google released a file-sharing feature similar to Apple’s AirDrop but for Android-powered devices. This unified file sharing feature is quite nifty for sharing files across devices. Now, Google plans to add a new feature to allow users to share apps using Nearby Share.
The update is supposed to roll out in the next few weeks, maybe in early January to be precise. The new update to Nearby Share enables to send and receive apps without Wi-Fi or mobile network connectivity. Simply heading over to Google Play Store and navigate to the “Share Apps” menu under the “My Apps & Games” section. In Share Apps menu, users can choose the apps that they need to share with the other android phone. After enlisting the apps tap on the nearby device’s icon and share the apps with the recipient. A popup will appear on the recipient device to accept the incoming app share request.
The key highlight of the Nearby Share feature is that Google has enabled it on Android phones running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and above which no longer have to keep a third-party file sharing app.
Google hasn’t clarified any requirements for app sharing, just published a blog post saying, “An upcoming update to Nearby Share will let you share apps from Google Play with the people around you with an Android phone.” We can assume that the app sharing feature via Play Store will work across all devices that presently support Nearby Share.