Google introduced the Nearby Share feature on Android back in August for all devices that runs the Android version 6 to the current build but the search giant continued to add more features to the operating system with the latest announcement on Friday being that users can share apps listed on the Play Sore with their friends how thoughtful of Google.
According to Mashable’s report, the sharing of apps with peers via the nearby share feature doesn’t require internet or Wi-Fi connection and that the feature will be added via an update that will be released in few weeks time.
“An upcoming update to Nearby Share will let you share apps from Google Play with the people around you with an Android phone, even if you don’t have a cell or Wi-Fi connection.,” the company said in a blog post.
According to the Mashable’s report, user can share an app with another user by opening the Google Play Store application and then head to the “My Apps & Games” menu which can be found in the Hamburger menu at the left top corner of the app and then select the “Share Apps” option which will show an interface where user can pick the applications they want to share.
As of writing this post, this feature isn’t available (on my phone) and if you turn off your data, it’ll prompt the “You’re offline” error message rather than the library of apps installed on the device.
One of the best features to come out of the company’s mobile OS lately, ‘Nearby Share’ is quite easy to use as well. Google has planned to bring the ‘Nearby Sharing’ feature to Chromebooks as well.
How soon the feature will be universally rolled out isn’t yet known and it’s unclear how soon we’ll see this feature. But you can cross your finger and hope for some miracle before the year run out else, that’ll be by 2021.