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It looks like Samsung is working on a sharing feature called Quick Share for Galaxy smartphones, similar to AirDrop on the iPhone

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  • Samsung is reportedly developing a rival to Apple’s AirDrop file-sharing service.
  • The service is called Quick Share, and could arrive with the upcoming Galaxy S20, expected to launch in February.
  • Quick Share would allow Galaxy phone owners or Samsung device owners who are near each other to share photos, contacts, and other files.
  • The new feature also appears to let you temporarily upload files to Samsung Cloud.

Samsung is reportedly developing a rival to Apple’s AirDrop.

XDA Developers managed to obtain the Android Application Package (APK) for a feature called Quick Share, which would allow anyone using a supported Samsung device to quickly share files with another Samsung device owner who’s close by.

XDA Developers’ leak doesn’t detail how exactly the feature works, but it’s likely to use similar tech to Apple’s file-sharing service for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, AirDrop. That uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer WiFi network and lets you quickly transfer photos, messages, contacts, and other files.

XDA Developers got hold of the APK from a source who had access to an (as yet unreleased) Galaxy S20+ 5G. This suggests Quick Share will launch alongside the Galaxy S20 on February 11.

It appears the feature doesn’t currently work on older Samsung devices, but according to XDA the service will allow Galaxy owners to send files to other Samsung Social users on your contacts list, or to anyone in the area with a supported Samsung device.

It also seems Quick Share will let allow users to temporarily upload files to Samsung Cloud. These files – which could be up to 1GB in size – will then be streamed to Samsung Smart Things devices and downloaded locally.

Business Insider has approached Samsung for comment.

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