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Google Bringing Peer-to-Peer App Sharing to the Play Store

Google is working on peer-to-peer app sharing via the Play Store to allow users to send apps to friends offline through the use of P2P file sharing.

Google Play is now working to redesign the “My Apps” list, which will soon be called “Manage apps & devices,” while we also activated a more integrated P2P sharing experience today.

P2P File Sharing (Credits 9to5Google.com)

The My Apps section on the Play Store could be used to send apps offline via peer-to-peer sharing, the report said, citing a teardown of the Google Play Store app.

According to the publication, here’s what you’ll need to do to share apps once the capability launches:

  1. Select an app to share
  2. Choose a friend’s nearby device to share the app to
  3. Both people must open the Play Store and connect to each other
  4. The app will then be sent over from one phone to the other using Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi.

Paid apps are unlikely to be included in the capability, the report noted. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Manage Apps & Device, Overview, Manage (Credits 9to5Google.com)

There are also a few tweaks to the My Apps section, including renaming the page to “Manage apps & device,” and organizing it into two sections: Overview and Manage.

The Overview gives a quick picture of apps that need updating, storage capacity, and user reviews and ratings.

The Manage tab allows users to see apps in their library and filter by various options such as apps not currently installed and games.

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