Samsung's Long-Awaited Answer to AirDrop Expected to Arrive Next Month

Samsung is said to be working on its own answer to AirDrop, Apple's ad-hoc service that lets users transfer files among Macs and iOS devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

According to XDA Developers, "Quick Share" will work similarly to AirDrop, enabling files to be sent "instantly" between two Galaxy phones in close proximity, so long as both devices have the feature turned on.

Like AirDrop, Galaxy users will be able to restrict who can send them files (Everyone or Contacts Only). When users set Quick Share to Everyone, it's not clear if the service will present unsolicited file shares in the same way as AirDrop.
Unlike AirDrop, Quick Share is expected to have a temporary cloud-storage component that will allow users to transfer data to SmartThings connected home devices. The maximum size of these files will be up to 1GB with a total of 2GBs being sent per day.

AirDrop was introduced with iOS 7, so it might surprise some Apple users that Samsung is only getting round to finalizing its own alternative. Android used to have an NFC-based equivalent called Android Beam, but it was discontinued with Android 10. Users have had to resort to third-party alternatives like Google's Files Go app since.

China's big three mobile vendors Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are also working collectively on an AirDrop-style peer-to-peer transfer protocol that is expected to launch next month.

Samsung's Quick Share service is expected to arrive with the launch of Galaxy S20+, which is slated for February 11, with the sharing service likely to come to older Samsung devices later on.

(Via The Verge.)

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4 weeks ago
AirDrop is still SO unstable. Between two iPhones, between an iPhone and a Mac... Sometimes the device don’t appear, sometimes they do but the transfer never goes through. It’s not very good.
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4 weeks ago
Unstable? Not for me...never had an issue personally. Love this feature I must admit
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4 weeks ago
Bloatdrop. For your Samsung bloatware special.
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4 weeks ago


AirDrop is still SO unstable. Between two iPhones, between an iPhone and a Mac... Sometimes the device don’t appear, sometimes they do but the transfer never goes through. It’s not very good.

I honestly use it almost daily, never have any hiccups. My social circle know that I text 0 items and they know all my shares come Airdrop. At parties all my guests turn it on for 20+ person photo shares constantly being flung by all...I have never witnessed any instability/fail to appear/failure of send...could be your device?
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4 weeks ago


Unlike AirDrop, Quick Share is expected to have a temporary cloud-storage component

Hopefully Samsung tells us more about the privacy and security of this cloud storage component. Those implications are vastly different between central storage and point-to-point. Just ask Napster. Oh wait...
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4 weeks ago
What ever happened to Bixby?
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4 weeks ago


You do know Apple copied xerox to create its user interface right?

Apple got a lot out of the Alto demo, but don’t forget Xerox was compensated with a pre-IPO Apple stock deal.

Xerox had a million reasons for wanting Apple to succeed with commercializing technology they themselves were no longer interested in pursuing.
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4 weeks ago
AirDrop is something that has turned out to be so useful for me in scenarios where I wouldn't have considered. On a cruise ship with no cell or wifi? You can still share a large movie file with someone. Out in the wilderness with terrible reception? Your partner can still send you the great photos they just took that you want to have. I love it.

The fact that people can share files without having to even know one piece of info (email, phone number, etc) is also great.
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4 weeks ago


AirDrop is still SO unstable. Between two iPhones, between an iPhone and a Mac... Sometimes the device don’t appear, sometimes they do but the transfer never goes through. It’s not very good.


Wow... I’ve never had this problem
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Samsung should buy Xerox.

fits their business model well.

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You do know Apple copied xerox to create its user interface right?
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4 weeks ago


Doesnt sound like airdrop at all.


The post isn't making it clear this is an extra feature. Not only can you "quick share" to another phone, but you can ALSO send files to a smart things device, which actually just uploads to the cload and the smart device downloads.

Regular quick share is just WiFi direct, just like air drop and the 10 other implementations on Android.
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