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Tip: Nearby Share has the same tap-to-send NFC support as Android Beam

Tip: Nearby Share has the same tap-to-send NFC support as Android Beam

Android's new Nearby Sharing feature replaced the old Android Beam last year, and it makes swapping files or other content between Android devices much easier. But if you preferred the tap-based mechanics of the old system, we've got a small surprise for you. Turns out, you can use NFC to bump content between phones with Nearby Sharing just like you could with Android Beam.

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Nearby Share starts rolling out to Pixels and Samsung phones today, all Android 6.0+ devices in the coming weeks

Nearby Share starts rolling out to Pixels and Samsung phones today, all Android 6.0+ devices in the coming weeks

Google's AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature for Android is now officially rolling out. Marking the successful end of a test that started back in June, the long-awaited Android Beam successor is landing today on Google's Pixels and select Samsung phones, and it should be coming to all phones running Android 6.0 and later in the coming weeks. Chromebook support is also planned "in the coming months."

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Android Beam’s replacement will be called Nearby Sharing (Updated)

Android Beam’s replacement will be called Nearby Sharing (Updated)

If you're already missing Android Beam and the way it allowed you to share links or files from your device to another easily, there's some good news and bad news all rolled up into one item: Google is planning on rolling out a new "Fast Share" protocol through a Play services updates that will allow Android devices to share assets to other devices, primarily using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct connections.

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Android Q officially sunsets Android Beam

Android Q officially sunsets Android Beam

Old Android hands should remember when Ice Cream Sandwich brought a brand new feature called "Android Beam" to everyone's favorite operating system. Basically, it was sort of like a much worse version of Apple's recently-released AirDrop, initiating file transfers locally via NFC. Sadly for those that enjoyed it, the feature was removed from Android Q.

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Android Q might drop NFC-based Android Beam APIs

Android Q might drop NFC-based Android Beam APIs

Android Beam was a feature introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) that allowed people to share photos, sites, apps, and more by tapping their phones together. It was a neat feature when it launched, and it still works great for sending links and small files, but Android Beam's future is now uncertain.

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Android Beam Gets A Shiny New Share Icon

[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Android Beam Gets A Shiny New Share Icon

That new default Android icon in 5.1 we pointed out earlier appears to be showing up in more places than expected. It's the basis for an updated Android Beam icon, which you can see below.

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Left: Old, Right: New

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Android Beam Now Allows You To Share Any File With A Tap

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Android Beam Now Allows You To Share Any File With A Tap

Among the many features Google talked about when the Android L preview rolled out was an improved version of Android Beam, and it's here in the new Android 5.0 dev preview. NFC sharing has existed since Android 4.0 in some form or another, but now it's finally something you can use without second-guessing yourself. Just pick a file and start beaming.

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Android "L" Feature Spotlight: Beam Can Now Be Activated From The Share Menu

Android "L" Feature Spotlight: Beam Can Now Be Activated From The Share Menu

Android Beam has been around since 4.0, but the NFC sharing tool has always been a little awkward (I think I've used it successfully twice in three years), since it relies on both phones physically detecting each other in proximity before you can even initiate the sending process. In the preview versions of the "L" release, Beam finally gets its own dedicated option in the standard Android Share menu, which should make it much less ambiguous.

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Basically, tapping Beam in the Share menu will initiate the swooshy Beam animation, even if there's no corresponding Android device with NFC to send things to yet.

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[APK Download] Google+ Updated To Version 4.2.3: Photos Now Supports Android Beam, Daydream, And More

[APK Download] Google+ Updated To Version 4.2.3: Photos Now Supports Android Beam, Daydream, And More

A new update to Google+ is currently rolling out, and when it hits your device, not only will it bring along the usual bug fixes and performance increases, it will contain a number of new features. The Photos app now supports Android Beam, so two Android owners can share images with one another over NFC. There is also the new option to set images within Photos as a Daydream that plays whenever a device is docked. Lastly, users can pull up photo details from the drop-down menu, an ability that's more useful than it is exciting. A Google+ developer has shared screenshots of all three new features in action.

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