Google updates its take on Apple’s iOS AirDrop feature on Android


Google has announced a number of updates to its range of Android and ChromeOS products, but an update to Near Share seems to be the star of the show.

Introduced earlier this year alongside Android 13, this is Google’s version of Apple’s AirDrop feature, which lets you send files and media to other devices, including your own.

For this new update, you can send files automatically without being prompted, so for example if you want to send a lot of photos at once, it will be queued and sent to the device you chose without having to approve it good every time.

However, Google has also announced more updates (opens in new tab) that apply to accessibility, widgets, and Google Meet.

Updates across the board

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A new Google Drive widget now contains your Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets files in one place, so you can reach them without going to the app.

There is also a nice feature in Gboard, Google’s keyboard. You can type a phrase and if you select ‘Emojify’ the phrase will be translated into emojis.

Finally, you can watch YouTube videos within a Google Meet call, similar to Apple’s SharePlay feature that debuted in 2021. When you’re on a call, you can go to settings, select “YouTube,” and you can select whatever you want. video, which plays to everyone in the conversation.


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