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Beam File

Share files via NFC

Adds an item to the share menu allowing arbitrary files to be shared via Beam, an NFC-based protocol introduced in Android 4.1.

To use it, tap the share button on any file in any file manager, then tap two devices together, then tap the screen again. Only the sender needs to have the app installed, but both devices need NFC. The actual file transfer goes over WiFi.

A proprietary Google Admob binary was removed before building.

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  • Version 1.2 (3) - Added on 2013-09-12

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • control Near Field Communication
      Allows the app to communicate with Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, cards, and readers.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • read your contacts
      Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.

    Download APK 179 KiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.1 (2) - Added on 2013-04-25

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • control Near Field Communication
      Allows the app to communicate with Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, cards, and readers.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

    Download APK 179 KiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.0 (1) - Added on 2013-04-10

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • control Near Field Communication
      Allows the app to communicate with Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, cards, and readers.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

    Download APK 174 KiB PGP Signature | Build Log