Chinese smartphone manufacturers Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo have joined hands to create a cross-brand file transfer alliance for a better file sharing experience between their respective Android smartphones. The feature is similar to Apple’s AirDrop which enables file transfers across Apple devices over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection.
According to the alliance, smartphones from all three brands would be able to transfer files without the need for a third-party app. The transfer speeds are capable of reaching up to 20 Mbps and will support a variety of file formats like photos, videos, audio files, documents, etc. The cross-brand file transfer feature will rely on Bluetooth connectivity instead of cellular data or Wi-Fi. Most Android smartphones from different brands are layered with a custom OS on top. Xiaomi has MIUI while OPPO and Vivo smartphones run on ColorOS and FunTouchOS respectively. So an alliance like this will make file transfers across different brands seamless.
Xiaomi said that other OEMs can join the alliance to create a smooth file transfer ecosystem. The cross-brand transfer alliance seems a convenient way for users to share media files together. The feature is expected to go into public beta by the end of this month.