02 September 2019
Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have come together to form an alliance with the goal of providing a cross-brand file transfer service. The announcement regarding the alliance was made by respective official Weibo accounts meant for MIUI, ColorOS, and Funtouch OS. It is essentially a peer-to-peer file transfer protocol similar to Apple's AirDrop functionality.
In its current state, the protocol will work on smartphones from Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo and that too without requiring any new app installation. It will be a system-level service that will work natively as long as users have a compatible smartphone. It is said to be capable of transferring different file formats like videos, audios, photos, and documents. The transfer speed is claimed to be up to 20MB/s which is quite fast.
The aim of the alliance is to solve the problem where Android users have to go for a common third-party app for sharing files. With a native offering, it should be like using Bluetooth but much faster and more efficient. Another good thing is that alliance is open for any other Android OEM to join. It means we could see other players like Huawei/Honor and Samsung becoming a member which would truly benefit a huge number of Android users worldwide.
As for the availability, an open beta is expected to become available by the end of August which means within about 10 days from today. The public release should happen sooner than later but will also depend on the success of the open beta.