WhatsApp has drawn inspiration from Apple's AirDrop as it introduced a novel functionality that allows users to transfer files simply by shaking their phones.
The recently unveiled feature, akin to AirDrop or Nearby Share, enables users to share files with individuals in close proximity, as reported by WABetaInfo.
This functionality was identified during the testing phase within the most recent WhatsApp Beta for Android (version 126.96.36.199), currently accessible on the Google Play Store.
It enables users to transmit files to nearby individuals in a manner reminiscent of AirDrop and Nearby Share.
A designated section displays nearby WhatsApp users available for file-sharing.
Additionally, there is a segment indicating your visibility to nearby users, indicating whether your number is concealed from non-contacts.
Notably, to initiate file-sharing with another user, the recipient needs to shake their device, prompting them to view and respond to the share request. The screenshot underscores the security of the file-sharing feature, emphasizing its end-to-end encryption.
Although WhatsApp is currently in the experimental phase with this file-sharing feature, it is anticipated, according to WABetaInfo, to be released to the broader public in the imminent future.
However, before its official rollout, Meta, the owner of WhatsApp, must ensure robust controls are in place.
Apple, in particular, faced criticism in the past due to the use of AirDrop for sending unwanted explicit content.
In response, the company implemented a restriction, limiting the duration during which users could receive files from non-contacts to 10 minutes.
While AirDrop is initially configured to share files only with contacts, there was a previous ease in changing settings to enable sharing with anyone, potentially leading to unintended consequences if users forgot about the adjustment.
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