Peer-to-Peer App Sharing: Google to add new feature to its of Playstore

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Google play store will be soon able to support peer to peer (P2P) sharing of application, indicates the teardown of the play store.

The offline application sharing feature called Share Apps, allow users to share apps wirelessly with nearby devices without the help of the third-party application. This feature will work similarly to Nearby Share, which is introduced by Google in August to allow P2P to share files such as photos and videos, as well as links.

Google play will include a “Send Apps” page, where they can share the application with their friends and colleagues around their location.

Earlier in April, Google had made several layout changes in the Play Store by redesigning My Apps and Games”. The redesign removed the “Installed” and “Library” tabs and added “Update” and “Beta” for a clean look with just two tabs.

These changes signify the arrival of “Share Apps”, the new feature they are trying to include in the Play Store.

The Sharing app, allows users to choose whether to send or receive an application. Once any choices are made, the Google Play will bring up the Send App page to allow users to start P2P sharing.

Both users in the sharing process need to open the Google Play Store and connect with each other to send or receive applications. Applications will be sent using a combination of Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi Direct, as per the reports.

The P2P feature only supports free applications in the Play store. The paid apps cannot be sent or received via this option.

Once the feature reaches the mass, it will help the user to install large apps and games without using mobile data. Even though, the launching period of the feature is not yet revealed.