Vivo, OPPO and Xiaomi Team up to Launch Cross-Platform Airdrop Alternative

Ruben Fields
August 19, 2019

In many ways, the peer-to-peer protocol is expected to be quite similar to Apple's AirDrop. They are looking to rival Apple's oh-so-popular AirDrop file-sharing feature.

Competition among Chinese phone-makers is fierce.

The mutual alliance across these brands allow the users to exchange files including - photos, documents, audio files, zip files, videos, and more directly and quickly across cross-brand platforms.

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Xiaomi announced today the Inter-Transfer Alliance group, where it is joined by Oppo and vivo to create an AirDrop-like service for file transfer. From a user's perspective, this alliance means they can transfer files seamlessly between Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo phones at a higher speed without requiring any third-party application.

Android doesn't offer a fast and reliable way to transfer files between devices, thus, the need for a new data transfer protocol is existent.

Xiaomi said that other phone manufacturers will be welcomed to adopt the protocol, whose beta version will be available by the end of August. But it is removing Beam from Android Q and replace it with a new "Fast Share" technology in the share sheet. So, what are your expectations from this feature?

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