Google Updates Nearby Share for Windows

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New features include estimated transfer time and image previews

Google announced today that it has updated Nearby Share for Windows, its platform for quickly and easily sharing files between Android devices and Windows PCs. The update includes a number of new features, including estimated transfer time and image previews.

Estimated transfer time

The estimated transfer time feature is designed to help you see how long it will take to share a file. This can be helpful when you’re sending large files, such as videos or entire folders. To see the estimated transfer time, simply hover your mouse over the file you want to share.

Image previews

The image preview feature allows you to see a preview of the file you’re receiving before you open it. This can be helpful when you’re not sure what the file is or if it’s something you want to open. To see an image preview, simply click on the file notification.

Partnership with HP

Google also announced today that it is partnering with HP to include Nearby Share on select HP Windows PCs. The first HP PC to include Nearby Share is the Dragonfly Pro. Google says that it will be working with other manufacturers to add Nearby Share to their Windows PCs in the future.

New functionality

Google says that it will continue to add new functionality to Nearby Share in the future. Some of the new features that Google is working on include the ability to share files between Android devices and Chromebooks, as well as the ability to share files with people who are not on your contact list.

How to use Nearby Share

To use Nearby Share, you will need to have a 64-bit version of Windows 10 or higher installed on your PC. You will also need to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi or Ethernet enabled. Both devices need to be on the same network and within about 16 feet of each other.

To share a file, open the file you want to share and click on the Share button. From the Share menu, select Nearby Share. Your PC will then scan for nearby devices that have Nearby Share turned on. When you see the device you want to share with, click on it. The file will then be transferred to the other device.

To receive a file, open the Nearby Share notification and click on the Accept button. The file will then be transferred to your device.

You can download Nearby Share for Windows on android.com