Google Working on Nearby Share Feature That Could Allow Android 12 Users to Share Wi-Fi Passwords

Google is alleged to be working on a characteristic that can enable customers to simply share their Wi-Fi passwords remotely. The characteristic will use Google’s Nearby Share and is predicted to debut on Android 12. Nearby Share is analogous to Apple’s AirDrop. It permits Android customers to share photographs, movies, apps from Google Play, and even location from Google Maps with a close-by smartphone. Google presently permits customers on Android 10 and later to share Wi-Fi passwords within the type of a QR code. The brand new characteristic may make sharing this QR code quite a bit less complicated.

As per a brand new commit submitted to Android Open Supply Challenge (AOSP) by Google engineer Abel Tesfaye, and spotted by XDA Builders, the “Share Wi-Fi” web page has been tweaked to implement a Nearby Sharing button in Android 12 “that shows Wi-Fi sharing intent and lengthy press button that opens Wi-Fi QR share fragment”. Merely stated, when a consumer faucets the above-mentioned button, Nearby Sharing is enabled to share a QR code carrying the Wi-Fi password with a close-by consumer.

The brand new characteristic will likely be significantly useful if you’d like to have higher management over your Wi-Fi and never share your password with lots of people. For instance, you’ll be able to simply enable somebody to entry your Wi-Fi with out asserting your password by sending a QR code through Nearby Share. And since this characteristic would require consent from each the sender and the recipient, you’ll be able to ensure that the QR code is being shared with the proper particular person. That is additionally very useful in circumstances the place an individual has put in a password that has loads of symbols, numbers, and letters.

The characteristic for sharing Wi-Fi passwords through Nearby Share is predicted to be current within the Android 12 Developer Preview subsequent month. Nevertheless, it’s fairly doable that the characteristic solely makes it into the ultimate public launch scheduled for the second half of the 12 months.


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