Everyone has been making a big deal about NFC lately - which phones have it, where it can be used, etc. Until last night's announcement, many (including myself) didn't see much on the horizon except a fun way to pay for things using your phone. That perception has changed, however, thanks to Android Beam.

Beam utilizes NFC technology to quickly, seamlessly transfer data from one device to another. As demonstrated last night, one has only to touch the two devices together to send just about anything from web pages, to photos, to apps.

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Just touch the devices back-to-back, tap the confirmation, and that's it. Like magic, whatever you're looking at on the first device will be transferred to the second device. What impressed me most about this, however, was the intuitive way it handled different types of data. One example of this is transferring an app. If the first device is running an application or game, and taps the second device, the second device will open that app's page on the Android Market. It's little touches like these that really give me the feeling that Android is working toward a more cohesive OS with ICS, one that does things you expect it to do, and works exactly how you'd want it to.

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While NFC-enabled phones are not necessarily widespread in the states just yet, I'm excited to get a hold of one, especially now that ICS has given us one more way to make use of the hottest new mobile data transfer technology.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com Aaron

    I thought that it used "Wifi Beam" and not NFC for this. I'm going to watch the demo of this again to verify.

    • Tommy

      it uses NFC not wifi.

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com Aaron

    Confirmed, thanks.

  • _ThaNerd_

    Although cool this might be so dangerous...the wrong things might be transferred with ease...

  • Mike

    Sweet, i can't wait for my wife and i to get one and do a "high-phone"! (high five with our phones) :)

  • Mark

    NFC is easy enough to implement. The SGSII implemented it in the battery of all places. So all modern phones should be able to do something similar, like in the battery or something.