Popular Chinese brands Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO today announced a new cross-brand file transmission alliance, which aims to deliver a better file transfer experience to users.
The protocol will use Bluetooth to pair devices and should be capable of transfer speeds of up to 20MB/s, which suggests it uses Wi-Fi on the backend, like Apple’s proprietary AirDrop system. Xiaomi’s post says other smartphone manufacturers can apply to join the presently allied trio. A beta version of the service should be released by the end of this month.
Today, leading Chinese Android OEMs including Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo have announced plans to create a new standard for P2P file transfer protocol for Android devices. Unlike Google’s Fast Share, this new protocol will use Bluetooth and support up to 20 Mbps. Once implemented, users of Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo devices can transfer files and folders among them with a simple tap.
In 2011, Google tried bringing AirDrop-like file transfers to Android with the Android Beam feature, which used NFC to pair devices. The feature will finally be replaced with ‘Fast Share’ in Android Q. ‘Fast Share’ will allow Android users to share images, URLs, text snippets, and more with nearby devices without internet.