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During its CES 2022 event this week, Google provided information on two new tools that will improve the way in which Android and Windows devices sync together. Specifically, the company is sending its Nearby Share and Fast Pair tools to Microsoft’s Windows platform.

When a user taps into the Fast Pair tool, they will be able to pair their Bluetooth devices (smartphones, tablets, and other Android hardware) more efficiently with Windows 11.

As for Nearby Share, it is a feature that makes it simpler to share files between Android and Windows platforms.

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The idea here is that sharing a file from Android to Windows is possible from the sharing sheet you the mobile OS. According to Google, the new abilities will not roll out until the end of this year, which may mean they are part of the Android 13 launch.

“For the first time with Android, we’re also focused on building for other platforms, like Windows, whether it’s in gaming, productivity or other areas. For example, by connecting your Android phone to your Windows PC with Fast Pair, you’ll be able to quickly set up Bluetooth accessories, sync text messages and share files with Nearby Share. We’re working with Acer, HP and Intel to bring these experiences to select Windows PCs first later this year,” Google said.

Your Phone

Google’s tools may be somewhat redundant because neither does Android-Windows-Windows-Android sharing better than Microsoft’s own Your Phone.

If you are unfamiliar with Your Phone, it acts as a bridge between a Windows 11 PC and Android device. Essentially, it allows users to mirror their Android device on a desktop. While Android app support is now part of Windows 11, Your Phone brings more features through a new app on Windows 11.

Users can access photos, send messages, make calls, and access files from their phone directly on a PC. While Google is making it easier to share across the platforms, Microsoft’s approach provides much more synchronicity. For example, instead of sharing files across a connections, users on Your Phone can simply browse files and other content through the mirroring screen.

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