Originally Posted by Chris_CA
No it doesn't.
It may (doesn't mean it always does) initiate a BT connection and data transfer but that connection and data transfer is not part of Android Beam.
Originally posted by Wakefinance
So yes, you're wrong
Originally posted by Chris_CA
Except for the fact I'm not.
Sorry, but you really are wrong on this one ChrisCA.
Note that NFC did not work exactly the same under ICS as it does in the more recent JB. Perhaps that's where the differing claims and misunderstandings are coming from.
Note too that no less than an Android Team Product Manager states that Android Beam transfers are supported over Bluetooth beginning with Jelly Bean almost a year ago.
To quote from the Android 4.1 API guidelines:
"Android BeamAndroid Beam™ now supports large payload transfers over Bluetooth.
When you define the data to transfer with either the new setBeamPushUris() method or the new callback interface NfcAdapter.CreateBeamUrisCallback, Android hands off the data transfer to Bluetooth or another alternate transport to achieve faster transfer speeds. This is especially useful for large payloads such as image and audio files and requires no visible pairing between the devices. No additional work is required by your app to take advantage of transfers over Bluetooth.
The setBeamPushUris() method takes an array of Uri objects that specify the data you want to transfer from your app. Alternatively, you can implement the NfcAdapter.CreateBeamUrisCallback interface, which you can specify for your activity by calling setBeamPushUrisCallback().
When using the callback interface, the system calls the interface's createBeamUris() method when the user executes a share with Android Beam so that you can define the URIs to share at share-time. This is useful if the URIs to share might vary depending on the user context within the activity, whereas calling setBeamPushUris() is useful when the URIs to share are unchanging and you can safely define them ahead of time."
That should be enough to put a period on the disagreement.Edited by Gatorguy - 6/4/13 at 11:46am