Looking back at some of the previously reviewed Android apps that let users wirelessly and simultaneously share files in bulk with multiple Android devices, we find that SPRiiD and X-Link are perhaps the only noteworthy options, which not only require the least amount of user intervention, but also support sharing almost any file format at blazing speed. While both said apps were pretty impressive with their functionality, they sported abysmal looks, to be honest. Same could be said of SonicShare – the latest arrival in the Google Play Store that lets you share virtually anything existing on Android device with as many other app users as you like. Sporting a cartoon UI, SonicShare allows you to simultaneously share business cards, contacts, installed apps, webpages from your web history, received text messages, SD card content (files only), system files (without requiring root access), downloaded content, photos, music files, videos, clipboard content, bookmarks, audio recordings, custom text messages and sketches with multiple app users over the internet. Each file that you wish to share first gets uploaded to the SonicShare servers, from where it is downloaded directly to the all the selected recipients’ devices.
Getting a grip on the app’s usage can prove to be a bit daunting, since it requires certain conditions to be fulfilled in order to successfully share files across various devices. To begin with, you need to understand that despite supporting content sharing over the internet, the app requires both the sender as well as the recipient(s) to be present at the same location; not apart from each other by more than, say, 2 meters. Then, the app must be running in the foreground on every device, with Wi-Fi internet connection enabled. If everything is in place accordingly, all you need to do is navigate to one of the app’s supported categories, from where you wish to share the required data, select your file(s), and tap the Sonic option from the toolbar at the bottom. Alternatively, you may also long press a selected file, and then choose Send from the context menu.
Prior to sharing, the app prompts you to enable the option of confirming the desired recipients/devices with whom the selected file(s) should be shared. If this option is left unchecked, the selected file(s) will automatically be shared across all the nearby devices that have SonicShare running actively. However, there is always the safe option to cancel all such accidental shares, if required.
Once you make your choice and hit the Send button, the app then tries to detect all the nearby devices (by their user-specified nickname) running SonicShare. Quite obviously, each recipient is also notified accordingly on their respective devices regarding the new file that is being shared with them. Once the recipients hit the Accept button to confirm file reception, the app starts uploading selected files to its servers, and then pushes them to the target devices. Apparently, each uploaded file remains stored on the servers for a maximum of 15 minutes, after which it automatically gets deleted. If you’re a bit too privacy-conscious, it is recommended that you avoid using the app for sharing sensitive data.
Looking at the app’s main interface, all the various aforementioned categories on the homescreen can be viewed as list or grid. The two buttons present in the top-right side of the screen lets you switch between the category and downloaded items list view. The app also keeps you apprised of each successfully received file via status bar notifications, and shows the count of all the newly received files on its main interface. Whenever someone shares a file with you, the app plays a soft beep to let you know that there’s a new SonicShare file waiting for your approval.
The app also sports an uncluttered native file explorer interface to let you easily select all the files that you wish to share with others. In addition, it supports advanced data sorting menu on various screens to help you easily find content of choice. Any received file can be further shared with other users from within the received items screen. Alongside each shared file, the app also depicts its content category via a relevant icon. Oddly enough, it won’t let you transfer files if your headphones are plugged in.
SonicShare is an ad-supported free app that allows sharing only one file at a time, with the maximum supported file size being just 1MB. User interested in availing expanded sharing features have the option to pick from a couple of paid variants from the Google Play Store. SonicSuper costs $2 to remove ads, and increases the total file size limit to 10MB for a maximum of 5 files per batch. Then there is SonicUltra that, too, is ad-free, and lets you share a maximum of 100 files whose total file size shouldn’t exceed 50MB.
This demo video provided below shows the app simultaneously sharing content across as many as four different Android devices in literally no time at all.