Google, Samsung unveil unified Quick Share at CES 2024

During CES 2024, a collaboration between Google and Samsung It was introduced to streamline Android sharing and improve ecosystem compatibility. This partnership introduces a unified Quick Share feature that simplifies the sharing experience for Samsung phone users and brings previously exclusive Samsung features to non-Samsung Android phones with compatible devices. The partnership aims to bridge the gap between Samsung and other Android devices, providing users with a seamless sharing experience that optimizes the Android ecosystem. This revolutionary Quick Share feature is expected to boost product interoperability and improve overall user satisfaction with the Android platform.

Unified sharing functionality

The updated integration will merge Android’s AirDrop-like sharing functionality, Nearby Share, with Samsung’s sharing protocol of the same name, providing a consistent sharing option across devices. Google is partnering with LG to bring Quick Share to upcoming Windows PCs. This collaboration will ensure seamless file sharing between Android smartphones and Windows devices, further simplifying the process for users. As a result, transferring files, photos and other content between platforms will be more efficient, increasing overall productivity and improving the user experience.

Google Home integration with LG TVs

Along with the Quick Share announcement, Google revealed plans to equip new LG TVs to function as Google Home hubs, using Matter over Wi-Fi for smart device connectivity. This development will allow users to seamlessly connect and control multiple smart home devices from their new LG TVs without the need for an additional Google Home device. The integration of Matter over Wi-Fi technology aims to make smart home device management more efficient and easier to use for LG TV owners.

TV model updates and compatibility

Some older TV models will be updated to offer this feature, although specific models were not mentioned. Additionally, the company is working closely with TV manufacturers to ensure seamless integration of the new feature. Users can expect more announcements in the coming months as more details about the compatibility and functionality of older TV models are revealed with the update.

Chromecast will also receive updates, such as allowing content to be cast from video apps to TVs and making it easier to pair headphones via Chromecast with Google TV. These updates aim to improve the user experience by enabling seamless integration between various devices and multimedia platforms. Pixel phone and tablet users can anticipate seamless playback transfer for podcasts and music.

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Diana Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief at ReadWrite

Deanna is the managing editor of ReadWrite. She previously worked as editor-in-chief of Startup Grind and has over 20 years of experience in content management and development.

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