January 10, 2024 – Google Unveils Revamped Quick Share at CES, Partnering with Samsung for Enhanced File Sharing
In a major announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, Google revealed a slew of new features, including a collaboration with Samsung on a revamped Quick Share. This new offering is set to replace Google’s Nearby Share system, which was introduced in 2020.
According to Google, the new Quick Share incorporates the best elements from both companies, creating a win-win situation. It aims to become the premier built-in option for peer-to-peer content sharing between Android and Chrome OS devices.
Moreover, Google stated that they are working with “leading PC manufacturers” like LG, with plans to pre-install the new Quick Share on Windows PCs in the future. Once implemented, users will be able to access a list of nearby devices available for sharing by simply clicking on the Quick Share icon.
Additionally, users will have the option to choose who can discover their device and send them files – everyone, only contacts, or just their own devices. Google anticipates rolling out the new Quick Share to devices currently supporting Nearby Share starting in February.
Previously, Google had launched Nearby Share for Windows, which entered testing in April of last year and officially went live in May. This application allowed users to quickly send and receive photos, documents, and more between their Android phones and Windows PCs.