Google prepares Fast Share, the replacement of Android Beam

Peter, 01 July 2019

Google has removed support for Android Beam from Android Q and it’s going to replace it with a feature called Fast share. This seems to be the same tech that’s currently available in the Google Files app.

Starting Fast Share Picking a recipient Sending Complete
Starting Fast Share • Picking a recipient • Sending • Complete

Fast Share works without an Internet connection. There’s no tap phones to share here, you see a list of nearby devices (this required Bluetooth and Location to be turned on). Once you pick a receiving device and they accept, the data is transferred over Wi-Fi.

Notification Receiving Complete The full UI
Notification • Receiving • Complete • The full UI

Pictures, URL and short snippets of text can be shared. Interestingly, it looks like Fast Share will work not just with Android phones, but also smartwatches, Chrome OS devices and even iPhones.

Setting up Fast Share Your device's name Preferred Visibility
Setting up Fast Share • Your device's name • Preferred Visibility

You need to enable Fast Share to make your device visible to others. However, the Preferred Visibility function lets your friends send you things even when the feature is turned off.

Fast Share is currently available on Android Q-running Pixels, though older devices should receive it as an update to Google Services. There's no official word on when this feature will launch, however.

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All this due to 5G othervise it wont be possible i think.

  • Wayne Morellini.

I don't care about these. We need to be able to clone our phones to new phones by a simple USB to USB cable to avoid snooping (after verification, and with lock downs on various files and app data setup by the user for extra security). All app data...

That is exactly what it means. The phones will create their own network (not unlike setting up a hot spot on the phone) and then share a file through that higher speed antenna.