Samsung’s AirDrop clone will debut with Galaxy S20 next month

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Samsung is developing its own AirDrop competitor that will make its debut alongside the Galaxy S20 next month, according to a new report.

Leaked Quick Share screenshots reveal the feature will let users “share instantly with people nearby.” This is separate from the AirDrop rival Google is reportedly planning for all Android devices.

AirDrop’s speed and convenience makes it the quickest and most simple method of sharing data between macOS and iOS devices. And it’s no surprise Apple’s competitors want an AirDrop of their own.

Some have already launched similar features. Now the biggest name in the smartphone industry is ready to step up.

Galaxy S20 will get its own AirDrop clone

Samsung will introduce Quick Share for its brand-new Galaxy S20 lineup next month, XDA Developers reports. It will be almost identical to AirDrop, but with one big difference.

Quick Share will allow Galaxy users to transfer files quickly between compatible Samsung devices. You will be able to specify whether you share with everyone, or existing contacts only.

Its one advantage over AirDrop is that Quick Share will also allow users to share files with Samsung SmartThings devices. But those files will need to be transferred via the cloud with a 1GB limit.

Quick Share will debut on the Galaxy S20, but it is expected to roll out to older Galaxy handsets later. Support for a wider range of devices will obviously make the feature more useful to Samsung fans.

AirDrop slowly makes its way to Android

Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo — China’s biggest Android vendors — have teamed up to deliver an AirDrop competitor that’s expected to debut next month. OnePlus also has its own alternative called FileDash.

Google has reportedly been working on an AirDrop clone called Nearby Sharing — formerly Fast Share — which will be baked into stock Android and available to all manufacturers.

Android has offered other fast sharing features in the past, like Android Beam, which used NFC to quickly transfer files between nearby smartphones. That was discontinued last year, however.