File Beam – An App to Send Files with Android Beam

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Android 4.1 brought you many surprises, improvements and extensions. Needless to say, many of the Operating system features requires hardware elements such as NFC and Beam functionality.

However, the implementation of this on Google’s AOSP as well as manufacturer’s variants is limited to a few things such as picture or video. Sure, you can send them via WiFi direct, e.mail, Dropbox and a myriad of other alternatives. However, again the current implementation of the service is limited.

Android Beam

Due to limitations being the fuel for innovation, XDA Forum Member MohammadAG thought about the possibility to use the NFC API to do a little more. In this particular case, he took upon the file type limitation and created a small add-on to enable Beam transfer from any app app (so as long as the app has the ability to use the Share Intent).

File beam

What it does is it adds a new option to transfer via Android Beam to the “Share” menu on most apps. The add-on is capable to transmitting the file to any other NFC-Capable android 4.1 device, and the developer also claims that this even works on the NFC-equipped Nokia N9. Having said that, the latter will only act as a receiver but it is more than plenty as you are not likely to try and send too many things from a Nokia N9 anyways.

Just remember that NFC is not magic or an instant faster-than-lightning data transfer service. NFC is just used to create the connection between the two devices in question, and Bluetooth really takes care of the transfer process itself.

So guys after you read this article, if you want to use this app then get it from here.

About Sarvesh Darak

Sarvesh Darak is a blogger, an online marketer, a social media specialist and an Android Lover. At Best Android Blog, he writes Android news & tutorials for Android Rooting. He is the tech head and ensures that the blog keeps running at good pace. He also looks after all the SEO and promotion work. He’s from Surat, India and keep contributing regularly at the blog.

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