With Samsung’s answer to AirDrop, you can even send files to your fridge

With Samsung’s answer to AirDrop, you can even send files to your fridge
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra as shown on leaked press renders

One staple iOS feature that iPhone users love is AirDrop. It lets people quickly and easily share files between Apple devices. And while on Android you can always use “Send via Bluetooth”, it’s not exactly quick. In typical Android fashion, the solution is for manufacturers to come up with their own versions of AirDrop until Google adds one as core functionality of its mobile operating system.

The good news is that Google is indeed working on that and we might see it as soon as Android 11 is released, but until then, major names in the industry are releasing their file-sharing features. Recently, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi announced they are working together on one and now Samsung appears to be ready for the release of its own.

The information about it is coming from XDA Developers. One of their sources has access to a Galaxy S20+ device and provided APK files that reveal Samsung added an unexpected twist to the functionality.

Called Quick Share, the feature works as you might expect. You turn on discoverability from the settings menu, so other Samsung Galaxy users can see your device when sharing a file, and you’re good to go. And if you want to send something, Quick Share will be one of the options next to your standard lineup of sharing methods. Pretty straight forward.


Here comes the interesting part. You can also send files to devices part of Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem. Obviously, that doesn’t mean you can hide files in your smart light bulb, but you can potentially send pictures to your Family Hub fridge or video files to your Samsung smart TV.

There’s one small caveat. Files won’t be sent directly to the smart device, but instead will be transferred to Samsung Cloud and downloaded from there. Because of that, Samsung has put a limit on how much you can send. Single files can’t be larger than 1GB and within 24 hours you can only send a maximum of 2GB of data. For most users, these limits shouldn’t be an issue.

Samsung is already deep into the smart home initiative, so other products that could use this feature will likely show up in the upcoming months and years.

The feature was part of Samsung’s One UI 2.1 which is expected to launch with the Galaxy S20 series next month. With Samsung being the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Quick Share will make the lives of millions of people at least a bit easier. As long as One UI 2.1 reaches their devices, that is.

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13 Comments

13. Zachary_99

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

I have wifi direct and can send a whole album in seconds. Literally who cares? Nobody is in a rush to adopt air drop or airplay anyways so it seems a little gimmicky, niche and uneccesary to me.

12. mikey187lfc

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 18, 2019

Apple are great at marketing and the apple sheep think its exclusive to them. Android has had WiFi direct ever since I had a HTC Desire which I bought in about 2010. WiFi direct or in apples case AirDrop is 10 times faster than Bluetooth. So if Samsung have decided to market their own name for it and maybe extend on it, don't assume Android isn't capable of doing something iPhone can do. If anything Android is ahead, apple just markets it better.

10. S4NDY

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Huawei share ripp-off

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 719; Member since: May 02, 2016

WiFi Direct : Am I a joke to you ?

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

BRUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH it's like they never use android .... EVER

9. Carlitos

Posts: 707; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

They dont...

3. surethom

Posts: 1780; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

For goodness sake why if Google so pathetically out of touch. Why can't they just create an android version that just works so we can have 1 standard.

6. Fred3

Posts: 627; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It looks like all of the other brands are tired of waiting on Google and have been doing their own of everything throughout the recent years. Google seems either too slow or worried about things nobody really ask for.

15. cosmo100292

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 01, 2019

1st. Google is creating their own version of drop. 2nd. Samsung wont care about it anyway since it wont work with their Tizen Apps/devices like the fridge they mentioned. Until Google releases Fuchsia i wont be looking at anything other than iOS. Even then, their hardware since the pixel 2 has been bad too so theres that

16. Zachary_99

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

Fortunately for the rest of us the rest of phone manufacturers have surpassed Apple and Google. They're both a joke with features late to the party ot so niche and arbitrary that nobody cares about them e.g. 3d touch and motion sense.

2. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Ever since Samsung removed the S-Beam, I started using Wi-Fi direct. It's a shame a lot of Android users don't know it exists and have to download third party apps like SHAREit.

1. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1625; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

"And while on Android you can always use “Send via Bluetooth”, it’s not exactly quick." I haven't used bluetooth to transfer files in nearly a decade. Galaxy S3 could literally tap another phone and share files over wifi direct. Every Android device I have owned since 2012 has been able to send files via wifi direct. Significantly faster than bluetooth.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2578; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You are correct that Wi-fi direct matches AirDrop in transfer speeds. The reason Airdrop is faster overall is because it uses the combination of Bluetooth and Wi-fi (and maybe now even that new chipset on the iPhone 11). Bluetooth is used to find other devices nearby and then the Wi-fi is what actually sends the data. So Android just needs to introduce the Bluetooth part for discovery reasons. Otherwise, depending on the manufacturer of your Android device, it can take a minute to connect devices to begin with.

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