Google Renames File-Sharing Tool to Quick Share, Sparking Collaboration Buzz with Samsung
Google just pulled a fast one on us – they switched up the name of their file-sharing tool from Nearby Share to Quick Share, the same name Samsung uses for its own thing. It’s got everyone in the Android world scratching their heads, wondering what’s the big idea. The scoop comes from insider Kamila Wojciechowska, who spilled it on X (formerly known as Twitter). She got a heads-up about the change after installing Google Mobile Services version 23.50.13.
Not only did they change the name, but Google also gave the feature a facelift. The logo is now two arrows doing a little dance on a blue background, and the user interface got a makeover with a Quick Settings tile for easy setup, clearer explanations, and an overall user-friendly vibe. Plus, they threw in a nifty feature that lets you limit Quick Share visibility for just ten minutes.
Now, here’s the kicker – this update isn’t hitting everyone’s phones. It’s like a secret club, and not everyone’s invited. Wojciechowska is a bit puzzled about why Google decided to shake things up, but there’s a hint that it might be the kickoff for a new collab between Google and Samsung.
According to the sleuths at Android Authority, Wojciechowska found some clues suggesting that Google and Samsung might be cooking up a plan to merge their file-sharing tools. Picture this – a seamless experience on both Galaxy and non-Galaxy phones. It’s like a dream come true for Android users, less software clutter and more smooth sailing.
Android Authority is playing it cautious. There’s no concrete proof of the tools merging, just a gut feeling based on the circumstances. And it’s a bit odd for Google to use the same name as its competitor unless there’s something major happening behind the scenes.