Google prepares a way to share the Wi-Fi password with other people with ‘Nearby Share’

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From Android 10, it is possible share password for a Wi-Fi network remember your mobile with other people, creating a QR code that can be scanned with another device to connect directly. It is possible that with the next version of Android there will be a new method of sharing Wi-Fi password: with Nearby Share, or Share with Nearby.

So does it know a commit in the AOSP code, discovered by XDA, and that talks about implementing a Nearby Share button to display the dialog for share Wi-Fi network settings with nearby mobiles.


A new way to share your Wi-Fi password

If your mobile remembers the Wi-Fi settings (basically, the name of the connection and the password), you can share settings with other people so they can connect to Wi-Fi in different ways. Manually, dictating the data, consulting the saved password or sharing a QR code.

A new method seems to be on the way: using Share with Nearby, the system for sharing files and data from one mobile to another using various technologies such as Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth or data. Nearby Share is part of the Google Play services, so it is present even on mobiles that have an old version of Android.

The commit in question talks about implementing a Nearby Share button to open the Wi-Fi connection sharing dialog. At the moment, we do not know how it will work exactly, although at first glance it looks like a system for share the Wi-Fi password with other close people and without the need to scan any code.

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In certain scenarios, it may be a slightly faster alternative to sharing Wi-Fi settings and it prevents both people from having to literally stand next to each other, or take a screenshot to send instead.

With the first Android 12 Developer Preview (or whatever it ends up being called) that should arrive next month, it is possible that this feature will arrive with the next version of android, although there is nothing confirmed. It wouldn’t be the first time that some features under construction have fallen by the wayside.

Via | XDA


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