copying and pasting between two devices will be even faster


A new discovery tells us that Google would improve copy and paste with sharing nearby. This is to transfer an item from one device to another even faster thanks to Android 13.

Android 13

I’m Mishaal Rahman, an Android expert and technical writer atTo hope who made this discovery. While exploring the source code for Google Play Services, he discovered an interesting new feature related to nearby sharing. It was present but disabled by default in Developer Preview 2, but has been enabled by default since Android 13 Beta 1.

We may soon be copying an item to one device and pasting it to another Android device even faster via nearby sharing. No technical improvements, but a change in buttons and user experience.

A new clipboard menu to go faster

Mishaal Rahman explains: ” Now when the user copies text or images, a clipboard menu appears in the lower left corner “. We see a new button representing a phone and a computer side by side. Clicking on it will send the copied item to a nearby device.

In the demonstration video he posted on Twitter, Mishaal Rahman appears to be sending an object from a Pixel to … a Pixel. So yes, he owns two, but we can assume it’s for business (without him, this item wouldn’t exist).

At I / O 2022, Google announced an update to Nearby Share that will allow users to quickly copy text or images to one device and share it with another. This feature has not been implemented yet, but it can be enabled in the latest version of Google Play Services. Here is a demo:

– Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 20, 2022

If you think it’s not interesting, you are right. The technical writer explains what changes: ” In terms of actual functionality, this feature doesn’t really add anything new, as you can already manually select text / images, then click “share” and select “share nearby” in the share sheet. This feature makes it faster by adding a button directly to the clipboard menu “.

A function not yet completed

Unfortunately, this copy-paste between different devices is not yet complete. As the tester points out, ” the text / images you receive in this way are not automatically copied to the device clipboard “. He concludes by saying that” this may change once implemented “.

Currently, the text and images you receive this way are not automatically copied to the receiving device’s clipboard, but may change once it is distributed.

– Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 20, 2022

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