A large number of Android smartphone and tablets have built-in WiFi Direct, a technology that enables two devices to connect with each other directly removing the need of a wireless access point. With Superbeam, it becomes even easier to use WiFi Direct to transfer files between your devices.
The app’s main interface is split in two sections – send and receive. The send section gives you the option to select files including audio, photos or videos. Selecting the option opens up the file manager that shows the relevant files. You select the file(s) you want to send and the app then opens up the sharing window. There’s no option to search files though.
The sharing window displays a large QR code that the other device can scan to receive the file. There’s also an option to connect devices using NFC or an encrypted key that can be entered manually. Keep in mind the other device also needs to have the Superbeam app installed.
Once the devices are connected, the files are sent wirelessly and the receiving device shows a progress window of the transfer. We were able to transfer a 100MB file in less than 10 seconds.
In case your device lacks Wi-Fi hotspot, the app automatically uses the local WiFi network to transfer files. The process is simple – you connect both devices to the same WiFi network and the browser link generated by the app to transfer files to and from the device.
The app is ad supported while the pro version lets you share entire folders, you can connect devices via manual pairing and share files with more than one device at the same time.