This week, Google released a new feature that lets you share aplicativos between Android phones. Initially launched in Android Nearby Share in 2020, the novelty for apps is linked to the Google Play Store. Thus, it is possible to transfer both apps and updates to other phones that are nearby without using the internet.

One of the main advantages of the sharing feature, a rival to Apple's AirDrop, is using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, without needing an internet connection to perform the transfer.


The use of the new function is very simplified. The user simply accesses the Play Store and opens the side menu; in it, you need to touch the "My apps and games" tab and access the "Share" page. Then, just select the apps you want to send and start transferring between devices without using the internet.

New Google Play Store update lets you share apps between cell phones without using the internet. Image: 9to5Google / Playback

But there are some “limitations” when transferring apps. The phone must be using version 24.0 (or later) of the Google store. Not all apps can be shared, which depends a lot on the particularity of each one. For example, paid apps and games cannot be transferred to another device; the same goes for apps that are not public in the store, like trial versions and the like.

For the user who receives the files, it is possible to install a specific application, or all of them in sequence.

Remember that Google's sharing feature is a direct response from the company to AirDrop. With it, it is possible to transfer audio, image or video files with much more speed.

Android 12: first preview

In addition to the update on the proximity sharing feature, Google also launched, on Thursday (18), the first preview version for developers of the Android 12. The novelty is not yet available to all users and is initially compatible only with Pixel line phones.

Among the new features, Google promises more privacy controls for users and less ability to track website navigation. The new version of the system also brings native support for AV1 image format and tactile audio feedback, which uses cell phone vibration motors for new experiences.

Street: 9to5Google