Google recently announced that it was abhorring Android beam, NFC powered file sharing tool which was introduced since inception with Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich. The company is making a substitution with another app which uses Bluetooth rather than NFC, named as Fast Share.
Fast share: All you wanted to know
Fast share is the new feature which is the replacement for Android beam. Google has long established that Android Q will not have Android beam NFC based file sharing method. Company is looking on new ways and means to share files between chrome books and Android devices. Fast share will be introduced in Android Q replacing Android Beam. It will work like Mac, iOS and Apple’s Air drop feature.
Advantages with Fast Share
In Android phone, with the use of Fast Share feature, images and files can be shared without the use of the internet. There are no tap phones; the only thing needed is a list of nearby devices, which require location and Bluetooth to be turned on. The feature is available from the system share sheet and is of the diamond-shaped icon. Text URL and pictures all can be shared. Along with Android phones, fast share also works with smartwatches, iPhones, and Chrome OS devices.
Receiving a file is almost as similar as received by Bluetooth. Shared content can be quickly accepted or declined by the notification. The feature also includes ‘preferred visibility’ option so that nearby people can see the fast shared enable device.
Fast Share is currently available on Android Q-running pixels. The flow of the feature seems quite similar to that of Apple’s Air drop, but its reliability on play services of Google may have its limitations. Official word of its launch is however yet to be announced.
Fast share features that may interest you:
- Cleaning recommendation with free up space.
- Simple and search browsing which will help in finding files faster.
- Without the internet it is possible to share files fast and offline with others.
- For saving space on the device there are backup files to the cloud.