Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO Team up for a Cross-Brand File-Sharing System


Three of the smartphone giants from China are teaming up to launch a wireless file sharing system that will dedicatedly work between their smartphones' respective user interfaces and possibly the one to compete with the that of Apple's AirDrop and Google's Fast Share. This "inter-transfer alliance" was just revealed by none other than Xiaomi itself through its official WeChat account today.

According to the WeChat post, this transfer system will seamlessly work along OPPO's ColorOS, Xiaomi's MIUI, and Vivo's FunTouch skins with the use of Bluetooth feature as their means of connection to pair devices. It might also use WiFi connectivity on the backend to execute the task. One of the screenshots in the post announcement says that once this system and feature is deployed, users can expect transfer speed of up to 20Mbps.

While there was no exact release date was mentioned, it was revealed that smartphone users of those brands should expect this to come out at least by the end of the month in beta form. It is also important to know that while at initial rollout this cross-brand transfer system will be exclusive to the mentioned brands above, the WeChat post also encourages more Android smartphone brands to join them in the alliance which is of course very exciting for all Android users around the globe. Will Huawei and Realme be joining the party as well? We will know for sure, but we have to wait.

Google had actually attempted to establish its own peer-to-peer file sharing protocol before for the Android community but for some reason it had challenges getting off the ground. It's called the Android Beam which uses NFC technology to do the job and sadly, it appears that Google will finally ditch it in the next version of Android OS in favor of the newer one called the Fast Share. However, Fast Share functionality is Google Play based system which means Android smartphones released in China such as from the trio can't use it and that's probably the main reason why they decided to partner up and come up with this inter-brand file sharing technology of their own.

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