Android Beam, Fast Share and Airdrop
Android’s Fast Share is an optimization of Android Beam technology that used NFC and was aimed at providing fast data transfers, much like Airdrop.
The Android Beam feature gave rise to fast and easy data sharing, just like with Airdrop. After many unsuccessful attempts to win the hearts of users with the release of Android 10, support for the Android Beam feature has been discontinued.
Now Google has decided to launch its new project – Fast Share. Unlike Android Beam, which was limited to using NFC (Near Field Communications), Google’s new feature will use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
How Fast Share works – a new competitor for Airdrop
Fast Share is aimed at improving the known method of data transfer. Here’s how it works:
- The technology uses Bluetooth to discover the devices you want to connect to.
- As soon as the connection is established and confirmed, data transfer via Wi-Fi begins at a speed of up to 450 megabits per second.
Thanks to the use of several types of connection at once, and not just Bluetooth, the technology will allow you to quickly transfer even large files. And this is especially true now – when even smartphones can record video in 4K and 8K.
Android 11: release date, features of the new OS
Fast Share could be a revolutionary solution for any Android user who would like to get Airdrop functionality. Some users of mobile devices running Android Q have already been able to partially test the Fast Share feature. However, Google has yet to reveal an exact release date for the feature; it is also unknown if she will retain her current title. But everything will become clear this year.
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