As of right now, very few Android devices support Wi-Fi Direct sharing, which was first implemented as part of Android 4.0. The protocol requires Ice Cream Sandwich, which is still only on 16% of Android devices. Beyond that, the device needs some software to take advantage of the new API. Some devices (like the Galaxy S III) include built-in support, but for others that either haven't included support in the OS—or that do, but don't work very well, like my own E4GT—you'll need some kind of app to take advantage of it. Luckily, we happen to have some kind of app right here! Wi-Fi Shoot is an explicitly beta product that can connect two Wi-Fi Direct-compatible devices together to share photos and videos.

As the video above shows, it's remarkably easy to use. You'll need Wi-Fi Shoot downloaded on both devices. After that, the app will show up in your Share menu. Select "Wi-Fi Shoot" on the phone or tablet with the file you want to send, then open up the app on the receiving device. Once the two are paired, one tap is all that's needed to pass the file along.

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Of course, the beta tag is there for a reason. For starters, the app only works on local media, so you won't be able to share any cloud-based photos or videos, even though the option to use Wi-Fi Shoot still appears on some devices. Also, the developer says that the Galaxy Nexus is known to be "a bit weird during connection." That being said, I tried it out on a rooted Epic 4G Touch (blah) and a stock Nexus 7 and it worked fluidly, so if you've got two Android 4.0 devices, give it a shot.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • ninjaaaa

    How does it differ from share shot?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Different implementation of a proprietary Samsung way of sharing things.

  • Nate

    Transferred a 40.38 MB 1080p video in a couple of seconds.

    • Jaymoon

      Awesome! I tried "beaming" a video via NFC the other day in front of a group of curious friends. The video did transfer from one to device to another, but it took a solid 10 minutes, sadly.

  • Jonathan Wong

    The app should read an accelerometer so a jolt to the phone would "shoot" a file. It'll be like Beam.

    • Budius

      hi, I'm the app developer here... I laughed a LOT with your comment... maybe one day! =]

  • Fifth313ment

    I've been unable to get Wifi Direct to work or share files on my EVO LTE? Has anyone ever gotten it to work on a stock EVO LTE?

  • Budius

    Hi, the developer here. I updated the app description with your review. Thanks for the review!

  • john

    Are you working on a fix as it does work on my S3 now ....

  • Mahesh

    It is not possible for me to download the app in my Nexus S with AOKP(JB ROM) , I don't remember any other wifi direct working with my Stock JB as well