Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are three of China’s largest smartphone manufacturers – handsets sold by each run Android with a respective skin on top.
The three firms recently declared they were collaborating to deliver a new wireless file transfer system that will work between devices from the trio.
From a user’s perspective, this alliance means they can transfer files seamlessly between phones at a higher speed without requiring any third-party application.
The one-step file transfer feature will be available on phones running MIUI, ColorOS, and FuntoucOS, but there is no word when this functionality will be enabled or will arrive.
- The feature promises a one-step, lag-free file transfer experience
- It will support the transmission of all file formats between phones
- The file transfer speed will be in the range of 20Mbps
Xiaomi made the announcement in a post on WeChat – the new system appears determined to challenge Apple’s AirDrop that is extremely intuitive for sharing items between iPhone, iPad and Mac hardware.
One of Android’s biggest problems is its lack of a universal sharing system that works quickly and intuitively.
Android Beam comes close to delivering such functionality but relies on NFC, meaning two devices need to come close to each other to share files.
This feature should allow for transfer speeds of up to 20Mb per second, meaning it should work much faster than Android Beam.
Xiaomi and Oppo both have a UK presence – however, the duo is much more renowned in their home territory of China.
Combined, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo make up 49 percent of China’s smartphone market share, according to figures from research firm Counterpoint.
That means when the new function launches millions of Android users will have a new way to share items with one another.
It is currently unclear when the Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo’s combined wireless transfer system will arrive.