Google Working On Copresence, Lets Android And iOS Devices Communicate
Google is working on a service called CoPresence, that would let Android and iOS devices swap content over Wi-Fi.
It uses location data including Bluetooth to setup the connection, you can send directions, photos, and other information without having to either bump devices or rely on a cloud storage options like Goolge Drive or DropBox. It doesnt even require a Google account either.
Our source received this following information:
"Google is going to launch a service titled Copresence in the coming weeks. The goal of the service will be to allow cross communication between Android and iOS devices through Bluetooth, Wifi (possibly Wifi Direct?) and Location based data.
I located a large quantity of files referencing the service in the latest Google Play Services APK, including banner images for setup, explanations of how the service works and XMLs defining the layouts of the setup app.
Upon investigation, I noticed that Google already has patents in the works for a service titled Copresence, allowing data retrieval from a device using a server and then feeding back relevant data. There is also numerous Chrome code review comments referring to a service called Copresence stating that it will not require a Google account to use, and confirming that it will be in fact multi-platform."
If the details are accurate, Copresence should be available within a matter of weeks. Having said this, you shouldn't expect a file sharing Utopia. The feature is most likely to be limited to Google apps at first, and it's probably not going to be a system-wide feature on at least iOS; you may have to be satisfied with exchanging files through a handful of programs.