Android makes it easy to share content to various services with the system-level sharing menu, but what about sharing with other people? If other apps allow users to share links in novel ways, such as through sound, this new kid on the block uses sound waves unheard by the human ear. Radon lets you instantly share links with other Android users, and they just have to be physically near you. No logins, no messaging, just Radon.
One of the benefits of smartphones is that they tend to be right at the forefront of technology. Not only are manufacturers looking to include the best in class specifications, features and hardware, but technology companies in general are also looking to best make use of smartphones to further push technology boundaries. The Radon app for Android devices beams links and text among nearby users without tapping or pairing required – thanks to ultrasonic waves that transmit the needed data.
We have been sharing stuff through bluetooth, NFC and even messenger apps such as Hike and Telegram, but with Radon, this is done in an genius way. The app is able to do this by making use of the recently introduced Nearby API from Google. Allowing the quick-swapping of links to videos, websites or other content online.
“Nearby (API) uses a combination of Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and near-ultrasonic audio to communicate a unique-in-time pairing code between devices,” Google noted.
There are stipulations of course. Firstly, both (or all, if sending to multiple users at the same time – which you can do), users do need to have the app installed for the sending and receiving of links. Secondly, due to the lightweight nature of the beaming technology in use, it is only links that can really be sent from one device to another. Larger elements like images, videos or otherwise cannot be sent using this particular method. While you may wonder what is the difference then between ultrasonically beaming a link or sending one via the various messaging channels, well, in theory there is not much difference, although this is faster (and certainly for links sent to multiple users) and in most cases, likely cheaper too.
There’s almost no setup to get this working. Just open Radon and authorize it to use Nearby once. So, lets say you want to share this article with your friends, simply tap on the share icon on your browser and on the pop-up screen select “Beam with Radon” and that’s it. Only requirement is that the receiver must be close to you and have the Radon app open.
What makes Radon easy to use is that you can beam your links to as many people as you can. This means that you can share that YouTube link to your whole class or entire office block by a single tap. Just remember, every recipient must have the Radon app open.
Do you like how this sounds? The concept is sure interesting. If you wish to give it a try, get the app from the Google Playstore link below. Or try more Android apps that use the nearby API