South Korean tech giant Samsung is expanding its proprietary Quick Share file transfer app to non-Samsung Windows PCs. The latest version of the application, 1.4.40, which was first noticed by SamMobile, will permit users of non-Samsung laptops to utilize the file-sharing tool.

Samsung’s Quick Share app, akin to Apple’s AirDrop, was launched in 2020, primarily for Galaxy device users. It was later extended to Windows PCs in 2021, allowing seamless transfer of photos, videos, and documents between Galaxy smartphones, tablets, and Galaxy Book laptops. With this new development, Samsung is further extending the reach of Quick Share to include non-Samsung laptops that use Intel Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards.

Features and Compatibility

Quick Share provides users with an easy way to share diverse content types, including photos, videos, and documents. Similar to AirDrop, Quick Share doesn’t compromise the quality of shared images or videos. It also comes with a Private Share option for sharing sensitive data, allowing users to transmit up to 20 encrypted files totaling no more than 200MB.

The system requirements for the application stipulate that the PC must run at least Windows 10 2004 (or later), and must be equipped with Intel Bluetooth Driver v22.50.02 and Intel WiFi Driver v22.50.07. Quick Share’s official description indicates that it is only compatible with Intel-based systems, and Samsung has not yet confirmed whether it will extend support to other network cards.

Non-Galaxy smartphone users can also utilize Quick Share by scanning a QR code or clicking on a link to download the shared files.

The Quick Share Update

This update to Quick Share brings Samsung’s file sharing service to a wider audience, making it a more universally accessible tool. However, it’s essential to remember that some limitations may still apply depending on the laptop’s manufacturer and model.

Samsung’s move may prompt more users to adopt the app over other available options like Microsoft’s Phone Link or Google’s Nearby Share. Nonetheless, Google’s Nearby Share, currently in beta for Windows, works with 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and 11, and requires Android 6.0 or later on the smartphone.

While Samsung’s efforts to make Quick Share more universal are commendable, it will be interesting to see how the company addresses the constraints related to network card compatibility and whether it will broaden its support for non-Intel Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices.

The expanding reach of Quick Share signifies Samsung’s continuous efforts to improve user experience across various platforms, reflecting the company’s strategy to compete more effectively in the tech ecosystem. It remains to be seen how this wider accessibility of Quick Share will shape the dynamics of file-sharing between different devices.