Future of NFC provisioning for Android (Beam deprecated in Q)?

I use NFC provisioning a lot when I work with Android Enterprise (especially, the Device owner scenarios).

Apps like AirWatch Relay or Knox Deployment make testing and playing e.a.s.y. – I don’t have to tap through the Startup Wizard, type in my 20+ char WLAN PSK, manually enroll the device etc. And I can have different profiles!

Well, boys and girls, bad news. Google has deprecated Android Beam – the technology used in those apps – in Android Q.

The good news is that reading NFC tags is still supported. So you can provision Android Q via an older phone (for now).

Or, with Android 9+ you can switch to QR code. But on Android 8 and older you’d need to type the PSK manually, since the device needs to download the QR reader library before it can read the barcode 🙂

What are your thoughts? Are you using NFC provisioning? Leave a commend below!

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