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WhatsApp is rolling out “AirDrop-like” File Sharing for Android: Report

Recently, WhatsApp has been improving its file-sharing features. Last year, the well-known messaging app made HD photo sharing available to all users. Recently, the Meta-owned app has been seen developing a new feature called “nearby file sharing,” which will let Android users of WhatsApp share files with other users nearby. Furthermore, WhatsApp has fixed a camera error in the app as part of the same update for the Android beta version of the program.

The app is currently rolling out an update, version, through the Google Play Beta Program, which indicates that a new file sharing feature is in the works, according to a report by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo. Similar to Apple’s AirDrop feature, WhatsApp is apparently working on a feature that would allow users to share files with other users nearby. When the feature is released, it should be accessible to all users.

Although beta testers cannot yet access nearby file sharing, the WABetaInfo report offers an overview of the feature. A leaked screenshot of the under-development feature reveals a list of nearby individuals, a setting that lets users customize their visibility, and an option to “Share files with people nearby” within the app. It appears that individuals can also choose to display their phone number to nearby users without disclosing it to non-contacts. Additionally, users would have to hold off on sharing until other nearby users approved it. Users in close proximity can view an incoming share request by opening WhatsApp and shaking their device. It’s also important to remember that end-to-end encryption will be used for the nearby sharing feature in order to protect privacy.

The WhatsApp beta for Android has apparently released a workaround for a recent glitch that stopped users from opening the app’s camera, even if the nearby file sharing feature will purportedly appear in a later release. After the WhatsApp beta update, some Android beta testers reported to WABetaInfo that they were unable to open the camera within the app due to a problem. An error notice stating, “Can’t start camera; please restart your device” would appear in the app. But restarting the smartphone or opening the app again did not resolve the problem.

The camera glitch has been fixed in the most recent WhatsApp beta for Android update, enabling users to start the camera within WhatsApp and share images and videos with their friends.

Voice notes, polls, and the ability to share channel updates with Status were among the many new features that WhatsApp Channels, the broadcasting function that allows brands and celebrities to communicate with their fans on the messaging app, received last week.


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