Google is expanding a lot of Apple-like features for its own devices

Beats Studio Pro Ios Pairing
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What you need to know

  • Google is releasing or expanding a lot of Apple-like features for Android, Chromebook, and PC.
  • The company is rolling out Nearby Share, Fast Pair, and watch unlock to more devices.

Google is about to roll out a lot of Apple-like features across Android phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and more.

As reported by 9to5Google (via 9to5Mac), the company announced at CES that it is rolling out the following new or expanded features:

  • Nearby Share
  • Fast Pair
  • Watch unlock

The company has announced that it will expand its "Nearby Share" feature to Windows PCs, allowing Android users to easily and wirelessly share photos, videos, and files from Android phones to PCs.In the audio space, Google has announced that it will bring its Fast Pair feature to Windows PCs, Google TV, Android TV, and Matter-compatible smart home products.Google says that users will soon be able to unlock their Chromebook or other Android using their Wear OS smartwatch.

The Nearby Share feature, which allows users to seamlessly share content between their Android phone and a PC or Chromebook, is very similar to Apple's AirDrop feature that lets users quickly and easily share content between Apple devices.

The Fast Pair feature, which makes it easy to pair headphones to a PC, Chromebook, Google TV, and more, is reminiscent of the pairing experience that AirPods and Beats users currently enjoy when they need to pair their headphones with an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.

The ability to unlock a Chromebook with a Wear OS watch is, of course, exactly what Apple Watch users currently enjoy with the Mac.

Of course, it's great that these features are coming to or expanding for the Google and Windows community. While there are always the people who say Apple or Android did it first, all of these features are fantastic and it is great to hear that even more people will now get to enjoy them.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.