Android 13: copying and pasting between two devices will be even faster

A new discovery tells us that Google would improve copy and paste with nearby sharing. This is to transfer an item from one device to another even faster thanks to Android 13.

This is Mishaal Rahman, Android expert and technical writer atHope who made this discovery. While digging through the Google Play Services source code, he discovered an interesting new feature regarding Nearby Share. It was present but disabled by default in Developer Preview 2, but has been enabled by default since Beta 1 of Android 13.

One could soon copy an item on one device and paste it on another Android device even faster via Nearby Share. No technical improvement, but a change in buttons and user experience.

A new menu in the clipboard to go faster

Mishaal Rahman explains: “ Now when the user copies text or images, a clipboard menu appears in the lower left corner “. We see a new button that represents a phone and a computer side by side. Clicking on it will send the copied item to a nearby device.

In the demo video he posted on Twitter, Mishaal Rahman looks like he’s sending an item from a Pixel to… a Pixel. So yes, he owns two, but we can assume it’s for work (without him, this article wouldn’t exist).

At I/O 2022, Google announced an upgrade to Nearby Share that will let users quickly copy text or images on one device and share it with another. This feature hasn’t rolled out yet, but it’s possible to enable it in the latest version of Google Play Services. Here’s a demo:

— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 20, 2022

If you think it’s not interesting, you’re right. The technical writer explains what this changes: “ In terms of actual functionality, this feature doesn’t actually add anything new – as you can already manually select text/images, then click “share” and select “share nearby” in the share sheet. This feature just makes it faster by adding a button directly to the clipboard menu “.

A function not yet complete

Unfortunately, this copy-paste between different devices is not yet complete. As the tester points out, “ text/images you receive this way are not automatically copied to the device clipboard “. He ends by saying that ” this might change once this is rolled out “.

Currently, text/images you receive this way aren’t automatically copied to the receiving device’s clipboard, but that could change once this rolls out.

— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 20, 2022

We find out about Android 13 every day. Lately we learned that the new operating system will support large files, change contact cards by adding color and remove all notifications .

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