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EasyShare FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about EasyShare.

Q: Can I share application packages (apk files) instead of just links?
A: Yes, the support of sharing application packages is added since v1.2.1. In order to use this feature, long-press on an application in the list, and select "Share APK". Then you may share APKs via email or bluetooth. However, there are a few things to know when using this feature.

  • You will NOT be able to share application packages for private apps (even if they are free) or paid apps. For these apps, the "Share APK" option is unavailable and will be hidden in the context menu.
  • Froyo is required to share (and to receive) APKs via bluetooth.
  • Application packages can be quite large, therefore, it may take a long time to send the APK files as email attachments. The upload process may time out or fail, depending on your network condition.

Q: Why are there more options when I share contacts or links, but less options when I share pictures or music?
A: EasyShare does not decide which options to show up when you share certain types of resources (e.g., pictures, music). It depends on your system (device and Android version) and which apps are installed. Different apps are able to handle different types of resources. For example, the Message app on Android currently supports pictures only, but not music files. This explains why the message option shows up when you share a picture, but it disappears when you share music. Only apps that can handle the sharing requests will appear in the "share via" options menu. Besides, your system also affects the available sharing options. For example, if you are running Android 2.x and your phone has bluetooth support, a bluetooth option will be available when you share pictures or music.

Q: Is it possible to share via GTalk?
A: No, the current version of GTalk does not support sharing requests. The reason is described in the answer to the previous question.

Q: I can't share (the selected) contacts on my Motorola Droid X or Droid 2.
A: The Android system does not allow the sharing of restricted contacts. A restricted contact is not in your Google account, but rather synchronized from Facebook, Exchange, etc. There is a bug in the customized layer in the Droid X and Droid 2. When sharing contacts, restricted ones are also listed where they should not appear. Sharing a restricted contact may fail or result in pulling information from an incorrect contact. If you are affected by this issue, please contact Motorola to fix the bug. A workaround is to create the (restricted) contact you want to share on your phone (or in your Google Contacts) and try again on the newly-created, non-restricted contact in EasyShare.

Q: I cannot find the option to save QR Code. Why?
A: If you are having this issue, you are most likely running an early version of EasyShare (prior to v1.1). Please update to the latest version, or if you choose to stick to the old version, turn on Web Encoder in the Settings screen. In this case, you will need Internet access to generate and save QR Codes. It is strongly recommended that you update to the latest version.

Q: Can I get rid of the extra text from the generated sharing message?
A: Yes, you have the option to use the default message, disable the extra text completely, or even customize it with your own text. In order to do this, please press menu on the main screen and choose Settings. Go to Message settings and you will find the options there.

Q: In the share applications screen, what does the letters [C], [D], [E] and [F] mean?
A: These letters represent the Android version that an application targets. Here, [C] stands for Cupcake (Android 1.5), [D] stands for Donut (Android 1.6), [E] stands for Eclair (Android 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.1) and [F] stands for Froyo (Android 2.2). You can also long press on an app in the list to find out this information (along with a few other options). Note that this feature only works on Donut (1.6) and later platforms.

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