Google recently released a feature that allows users to quickly send data, such as photos or documents, to a nearby person using a Chromebook or Android device. Now it seems developers are working on updating that feature so that users can easily send data across their own devices.
Near Share came to Chrome OS devices in June and competes with similar technologies like Apple’s AirDrop. On Sunday, Chrome Story, a Chrome and Chrome OS-focused blog, spotted an “add feature flag” in the Chromium Gerrit pointing to an addition to Near Share called Self Share. The feature “enables seamless sharing between a user’s own devices,” reads the flag.
Self Share allows you to send data to yourself without using third party email or cloud drives. Using Bluetooth, WebRTS, or peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, data should be transferred to a nearby Chrome OS or Android device in seconds.
As noted by Chrome Unboxed, Self Share still has to go through the Chrome OS Canary developer flag phase before regular Chrome OS users can see it on their devices.
“If you enable the flag, or if you wait for the feature to become available, a new menu option ‘Send to your devices’ will appear as soon as you press ‘Share Nearby’ on the Chrome OS Share sheet,” wrote Chrome Unboxed.
Self Share would increase interoperability between various Google-based computing devices, but there is still a long way to go before people push for all Google devices the same way some do with Apple products.