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WhatsApp could offer yet another way to share files with people nearby.

iOS has AirDrop, Android has Nearby/Quick Share, and soon it looks like WhatsApp might offer an alternative. Its unreleased file-sharing feature was spotted by WABetaInfo in a beta release of WhatsApp’s Android app, and says file transfers are end-to-end encrypted. There’s no word on when it’ll release, but as readers have pointed out it has the potential to bring cross platform sharing to about 2 billion WhatsApp users worldwide.

Update January 22nd, 7:55AM ET: Updated to mention obvious advantage pointed out by commenters which my 8AM brain completely missed.


Two screenshots of WhatsApp file sharing interface.
The unreleased file sharing interface as spotted by WABetaInfo.
Image: WABetaInfo