Revamping Android's share menu is currently a "priority"

Revamping Android's share menu is currently a
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Since the Material Design guidelines were originally introduced, Google has spent both time and money consistently improving its Android operating system. But despite these efforts, the share menu has remained largely unmodified. According to one executive, though, this could soon change.

In its current state, the share menu on Android still lags quite a bit, which is a far cry from the smooth experience present elsewhere in the operating system. This has prompted a number of complaints from users and, when asked about a possible fix, Android’s Vice President of Engineering, Dave Burke, confirmed that, although it’s a pretty big task, it is currently a priority for the team.

At the moment, it’s unclear what the updated share menu will look like. According to Burke, though, it will be “much faster and nicer to use.” This will be possible thanks to a completely new data model which is being built from the ground up.

As the change will represent a pretty big change for Android, the revamped sharing menu probably won’t make an appearance anytime soon. Instead, the implementation will likely arrive in next year’s Android Q update that should be released in August.

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5 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

But it’s still more straightforward and much easier to use than the iOS share card. At least items don’t have to be enabled to be used.

2. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Exactly

3. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Yeah because you should definitely clutter your share sheet with every single app you download. Google’s share sheet revamp will probably have a similar app enabling system.

5. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

While I think the iOS share sheet is still restrictive but design wise it miles ahead of Android.

6. warrenellis93

Posts: 551; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Copy and paste on my samsung doesnt work 100% every time, it doesnt give me the clipboard option everytime

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