It works by intelligently selecting the best sending protocol from Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC or peer-to-peer WiFi, so you can share even with no signal or data connection.
Android has lacked the simple convenience of AirDrop, meaning users have until now had to share photos, videos, and files via other installed apps.
Despite the fragmentation of Android and the number of devices out there, it has taken Google a long time to debut this feature. AirDrop first came out in 2011.
The feature will also work between Android devices and Chromebooks in the coming months.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use Nearby Share.