Alongside many other new features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google has rolled out an updated version of Android Beam — one that allows you to transfer photos and videos between two devices equipped with Near-Field Communication technology, or NFC.
First offered in Ice Cream Sandwich, Android Beam already allowed you to share things like web pages, contacts, directions, and apps by tapping together two phones.
If you’re already familiar with Android Beam, the new functionality is going to look and feel much like the Ice Cream Sandwich version. To send a picture or video you just have to load the photo up on your device and then hold it up against the rear of the device you want to send it to.
For instance, if you want to send a photo from your Galaxy Nexus to a Nexus 7 tablet, you would load the photo up on the Galaxy Nexus, and then touch it to the rear of the tablet.SEE ALSO: Nexus 7 Tablet: First Jelly Bean Tablet Is Light and Fast
Once the phone detects the Nexus 7, it will prompt you to tap the photo on the phone to beam it. A notification will pop up on your tablet, acknowledging the download. When the transfer is completed, your photo or video will show up on the other device -– in this case, the Nexus 7 -– just as if you took it on the device to begin with.
Check out the video above for a look at Jelly Bean’s version of Android Beam in action.
While definitely cool to watch, transferring videos and photos between devices isn’t exactly new.
The service Bump, for instance, will also let you transfer pictures between phones and tablets –- even to your computer – and can be used with both iOS and Android devices.
Do you see yourself using Android Beam more now that it supports photo and video transfers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Article source: http://mashable.com/2012/06/29/jelly-bean-android-beam/