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Report: Samsung is working on a blockchain-based sharing app

Samsung is reportedly trying to give people some peace of mind after they share a file.

Published onNovember 16, 2020

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  • Samsung is reportedly working on a secure file sharing app.
  • The app, dubbed Private Share, uses blockchain technology.

Samsung already has its nifty Quick Share functionality for local file sharing, as well as UWB-based sharing for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Now, it appears that the firm is working on a way to secure files after they’ve been shared.

SamMobile reports that Samsung is working on a feature dubbed Private Share. This is apparently a blockchain-based secure file transfer app that allows senders to set an expiration date for the shared file. The shared files are deleted from the recipient’s phone after the expiration time/date, akin to similar functionality seen on the likes of Snapchat and Signal.

The outlet claims that both the recipient and sender require the Private Share app on their phones, with the sender initiating a transfer request that can then be accepted or rejected by the recipient. It’s believed the app won’t allow recipients to re-share a received file, but it’s unclear if the file can be accessed and shared via file manager apps.

SamMobile suggests that the app could debut on the Galaxy S30 series, but we have seen its Quick Share app come to a variety of Galaxy devices. So don’t be surprised if Private Share comes to plenty of Samsung phones and tablets too.

Either way, a more secure file sharing app could give users some peace of mind if it works properly. This could be handy for sharing sensitive images, legal documents, passport/ID scans, and more.

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