Mobile Sharing Made Easy with Droid Zap
Remember those two guys on the Samsung Galaxy S3 commercial that share a playlist just by bumping phones? That was Near Field Communications (NFC) technology at work, which allows NFC-enabled devices to communicate with each other over short distances. Well, Motorola has taken that easy-sharing concept a step further with a well-designed and intuitive app called Droid Zap.
Zap comes built-in on the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx, Motorola’s new line-up of Droid smartphones available exclusively from Verizon Wireless. With just an upward swipe of two fingers, you can share photos and videos up to 3 minutes long with anyone within a 1000 feet radius. Instead of NFC, Zap uses Verizon’s 4G LTE mobile network or Wi-Fi to send the media files to the cloud.
While you need one of the new Droid phones to send files, you can receive them on any compatible Android phone. Just download the Droid Zap app from the Play store, sign in with your Gmail account, and swipe down to receive all available files.
If you’re sending files, you can make them publicly available or add a level of password protection in the form of a 4-digit PIN. Your friends and family will need to enter the PIN every time they want to download one of your protected Zaps. You also have the option of only sending via Wi-Fi, so you don’t eat into your valuable data allocation.
With Zap installed on your phone, you don’t need to open the app before your send a file. Your phone will recognize the two-finger upward swipe and initiate the Zap automatically. And, of course, you don’t have to specify recipients: anyone within that 1000 feet radius will be able to access your files if they know the PIN (protected files only).
Droid Zap takes mobile crowd-sharing to a whole new level. Expect other manufacturers to quickly follow suit with crowd-sharing apps of their own, and Motorola to rapidly expand Droid Zap into their other mobile platforms.