AirDrop Alternative Emerges from Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo
Three of Chinas biggest smartphone manufacturers have devised a new wireless file transfer system akin to Apple’s AirDrop, says Weibo. The “Inter-Transfer Alliance,” as they’re calling the partnership, will bring fast and reliable cross-brand file transfers between each of their respective Android-based devices at the touch of a button. Xiaomi’s MIUI, Oppo’s ColorOS, and Vivo’s FuntouchOS will be able to take advantage of the peer-to-peer system by the end of next month.
Like Apple AirDrop, the Xiaomi-Oppo-Vivo system (which doesn’t seem to have an official name just yet) will like use a combination of Bluetooth LE and WiFi to pair the devices—no third party app required. The protocol will see transfer speeds of up to 20MB/s according to Weibo, and won’t require the use of any cellular data. The best part though is that users will be able to send practically any file type to their friends with different Android smartphones.
The Weibo announcement from yesterday also extended an invitation for other brands to get on board with the “Inter-Transfer Alliance.” As of right now, the alliance has added Oppo’s sub-brand, Realme to the program. If recruitment goes well, the file-sharing feature could make its way to millions of phones worldwide.
“More manufacturers are welcome to join the ‘Inter-Transfer Alliance’ to create an efficient and portable mobile phone operation experience for users,” the post states.
Vivo, Xiaomi, and Oppo have not yet released information on which phones will be compatible with the service in the early stages, nor have they said if it will be limited to China or Eastern markets. The protocol is expected to be released in beta by the end of August.