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Android Beam: What is it and do you need it?

Android Beam is a new feature included in the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Android. Read on to find out what Android Beam is, and whether or not it's a worthwhile feature.

The latest update to the Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, brought with it a whole host of new features aimed at giving the best possible user experience when using an Android phone. Some of these features include better camera features, face recognition and improved control over data usage. The feature that has been greatly overshadowed by a lot of people is the new addition of Android Beam, a unique and different element which adds something entirely new to the OS. So the question remains, what is Android Beam, and do you need it?

What is Android Beam?

Android Beam is based on NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, allowing users to instantly share webpages, audio and images quickly and effortlessly. Through tapping two phones together, it’s also possible to share important data.

Sharing content through Android Beam

As previously mentioned, users of Android Beam can share webpages, images and audio. It’s also possible to share contact information with people, videos that you’re currently watching on YouTube, and even information and routes you’ve stored on Google Maps.

What are the limitations of Android Beam?

The main and only real limitation with Android Beam is that you need two NFC enabled phones to be able to share webpages, and such. When Android 4.0 is unleashed on to more handsets, we should see Android Beam becoming a more commonly used feature.

Do you need it?

If you’re a keen user of social media, then Android Beam might be right up your street. It’s definitely one of the better features included on Ice Cream Sandwich and we look forward to seeing it put to more use in the near future.