The end of Android Beam
Previously we’ve seen Android Beam in the latest Android versions (Google’s answer to Apple’s AirDrop). But in their next OS release – Android Q, Google has announced that the app won’t be featured.
Unlike AirDrop which uses a combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to share files, Android Beam is built on NFC technology which doesn’t match up to the same speed when sharing files.
When trying out Android Q beta, 9to5Google uncovered Google’s replacement to Android Beam which seems to be called Fast Share.
Similar to AirDrop, the Fast Share function establish a link between the devices via Bluetooth and then uses a direct Wi-Fi connection to transfer the files.
When scrobbling through your files you’ll find the Fast Share function as an option in the share menu alongside other applications. You’ll then find nearby devices which you can share your files with.
For devices you share files to frequently, you can give them “preferred visibility”. This allows you to find these devices even if they’re not currently in the Fast Share function.
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