Google Play May Support P2P App-Sharing Soon
Google Play is reported to soon allow peer-to-peer or P2P sharing of applications. A teardown of the Google Play Store app revealed this possible upcoming feature. This new feature will Android users to share their installed apps with nearby devices.
Highlights of the Story
- A breakdown of Google Play store’s code revealed the new feature
- The feature may become a part of the “My apps & games” section
- Offline P2P sharing of apps was brought by the company back in 2018
- 9to5Google conducted the tear-down
The new feature might work like the Nearby Share feature by Google. The Nearby Share feature allows P2P photos, videos and links sharing. Google Play is reportedly found to also have a dedicated “Send apps” page. What this page will most likely enable is allowing users to share their applications with nearby friends. This does seem like a great feature to have and something many people wanted.
9to5Google carried out the teardown of the Google Play Store. Moreover, the application is seen to have a modified “My apps & games” section that might be renamed as “Manage apps & device”. A Share apps option has been spotted which might allow users to share their applications with nearby devices.
The Share apps feature will allow people to select whether to send or receive an app. Furthermore, once an option is selected, Google Play will bring up the Send apps page to begin the P2P sharing process.
The teardown of Google Play Store also unveils an individual app sharing feature. This feature is said to work directly from the modified My apps section of the store. Also, both the parties sharing apps will be required to open the Google Play Store app in order to connect. This would be the foremost requirement to send and receive applications.
A report by Android Police also suggests that the applications will be shared via a combination of Bluetooth, WiFi Direct and NFC. Additionally, the P2P sharing of apps might only be available for free apps. The paid apps will most likely not support the feature for obvious reasons. However, no specific date has been revealed about the availability of the feature.
Google did allow offline sharing of apps through third party app providers like SHAREit and Xender. However, it is a good initiative by the company to come up with something of their own. It makes applications more trustworthy for the users. Furthermore, with the ban of these third party apps in India, Google can easily capture the Indian market with this feature. Also, as it is an integrated feature, it will be easily accessible and always right there for users.
The takeaway here is pretty simple. With Google coming up with this feature, it will reduce third party app dependency to a great extent. Also, this is a much more secure way to use apps without fear of data being in the wrong hands.
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