WhatsApp could receive its own version of Apple's AirDrop, as recent Android betas have suggested that a file sharing feature is in the works.
WABetaInfo's post provides insight into potential updates. Similar to AirDrop, this feature only works between the two of you. To exchange files, both users must have the software open to the tool and be “nearby.” What's especially interesting about this file share is that the recipient must physically shake their smartphone to create a share request.
WABetaInfo explains that this is to maintain a “controlled approach to file exchange” between contacts. This is similar to how AirDrop allows you to configure settings to only receive content from trusted sources. However, the website claims that you can share media with non-contacts on WhatsApp. In this situation, your phone number will remain hidden to preserve your anonymity.
Also, just like sending messages on WhatsApp, file sharing is end-to-end encrypted according to the website, ensuring that the personal information and content being sent is protected from outside interference.
That's all we know about WhatsApp's file sharing feature. Many of the finer details have yet to be revealed.
It's unclear exactly how sending media to a non-contact person works.Will all receiving users also have to shake their devices, or will Meta change their mind and abandon that step and replace it with a simple menu setting? Returning to AirDrop, Apple's version allows you to configure the receiving settings. of[全員]to allow people other than your contacts to accept content from you.
Additionally, I don't know if there is a file size limit for shared files. Currently, the maximum size you can send media to a group chat is 2GB. Future features will likely be of similar size, but it would be great to see the meta expand its limits. Considering we live in a world where his 4K videos exist, it's great to have an enhanced feature.
There's no word on when this update will be available to beta testers. According to WABetaInfo, the tool is still in development, so no preview builds exist yet. If you want to try out the file sharing feature when it's ready, you can become a WhatsApp beta tester by joining the Google Play Beta program. You may be one of the lucky few who will gain access in the future.
Analytics: Cross-platform sharing
One of the things we want to check is compatibility between different operating systems. Imagine being able to send files from your Android smartphone to your iOS device and vice versa. That would certainly give WhatsApp an edge over Quick Share.
For those unfamiliar, Google and Samsung recently entered into a partnership that resulted in a number of new products and the integration of Nearby Share into Quick Share. It got its name because Android users now have the ability to easily share files. Assuming Meta rolls out the update in its current state, it could cause a lot of confusion as people will probably receive the same thing twice. Providing cross-platform support for WhatsApp's tools would be quite noticeable.
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