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Android Q reportedly won't offer Android Beam, alternative yet unknown

10 May 2019 3

Google IO 2019 was a blast where the tech giant introduced exciting now upgrades in technology. We saw announcements around Android Q with interesting features that are upcoming, though unfortunately, we didn’t hear about the replacement to Android Beam. Android Beam offers to transfer videos, photos, and files from one phone to another simply be putting two phones back to back, where the data is transferred via NFC technology.

The Android Q beta doesn’t have Android Beam anywhere to be found as the reports came forward on Google IO 2019 via Google reps and developers. This means that if you’re on Android Pie, that is the last software update you could use Android Beam, as upgrading to Android Q beta would wipe it off. Likewise, upgrading to the latest beta 3 won’t help either, as the feature isn’t reportedly coming back.


While it’s quite early as to what alternative we would get for it or if any at all, considering that Android Beam was already used by quite less Android users in the first place. There are a lot of third-party apps as well for file transferring like Send Anywhere.

One of the best implementations of file transferring is of Apple AirDrop that seamlessly transfers files between iOS and Mac devices through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. If we might see a success to Android Beam, it might be something similar to Apple AirDrop.

How frequently did you use Android Beam service? Let us know in the comment section below.


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