Google reportedly working on cross-platform file transfer called Co-presense

Google reportedly working on cross-platform file transfer called Co-presense
Android 5.0 is already going to be beefing up Android Beam to allow for transfer of more file types, but it looks like Google is also working on a product that would allow file transfers between Android, iOS, and Chrome. The cross-platform file transfer system is supposedly called Co-presence, though we're really hoping that name changes for the proper release, because it doesn't quite have the ring of a compelling product brand. 

It seems like more of a project name anyway, because Co-presence has popped up in a couple APK teardowns, and Google does have a patent filed under that name as well. It appears like it could be connected to the Nearby features that Google is also working on to give you more options to interact with devices close by. Co-presense appears to be aimed at allowing Android, iOS, and Chrome devices communicate with one another and allow for exchanging files, photos, directions, messages, or other content. 

Devices would use location data or Bluetooth to establish a connection, then transfer files through Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct, it seems. It appears as though Google might have plans for the product beyond simple file transfers, but it is unclear what that might mean. It could be deeper syncing of data between devices, similar to the new Continuity features between iOS and Mac; it could be more seamless casting to Android TV or Chromecast; or, it could be something else completely different. We're not sure just yet, so we'll have to wait and see. 


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25 Comments

1. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Theyre trying to turn every device into a google now device.

22. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Google Now is awesome, so go ahead Google.

23. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Somewhat similar to Sony's transfer method.

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Air Drop style woot woot

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

What if one day you wake up and see there's no Google?!

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Bing :)

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Lol then WP would take the crown.

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Google represents search and not a whole OS.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Also a company.

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

First, Google = Search . And then ... a company.

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Currently, it's a company.

10. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Currently, it's Everything :D

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not so much a search, more so a data mining company that makes some 95% of its profits by serving ads. As a result they use that data to then provide 'biased' search results that have been proven before in the past (don't know if it is still happening). Of course that is me being biased i know its 'search' first.

11. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

And this is why Google is more innovative

12. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol please explain the innovation here? And they say iphone fans are bad.....

15. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Something never been done before. Don't be salty its cool if you like Gerber baby food.

19. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

Acually recently an app called Xender allowed you to share files between different platforms. Not just photos and stuff but literally any file.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Like? The first search? First smartphone? First open source? First app store? First.......

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If this gonna work like Streetpass then its no innovation.

13. memerandroid

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

lol!! those pictures look as 1000 ways to die game

16. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Dumb Ways to Die

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Was just singing that lol

24. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL

14. SanderBelaen

Posts: 12; Member since: May 06, 2014

So.. something like Pushbullet?

17. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Ok. Release it already!

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