Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo Announce New AirDrop-inspired File Transfer feature

Alonzo Simpson
August 20, 2019

A WeChat post published today by Xiaomi (via The Verge) reveals that three Chinese phone manufacturers are teaming up to provide their customers with wireless peer-to-peer file sharing across the different brands.

Apple's AirDrop feature has been copied by a number of companies. The new P2P file sharing protocol will most likely use Bluetooth LE to establish connections between the two devices.

In an unexpected twist, Xiaomi has just announced that they have joined forces with OPPO and Vivo to create a Cross-Brand File Transfer Alliance between their smartphones. This feature should be relying on Bluetooth and NFC connectivity for the file transfer, or something else they are working on. There is also nothing stopping non-Chinese manufacturers joining the alliance - including Google - and hopefully this leads to a total Android system protocol allowing direct file sharing from any Android phone to another. In many ways, the peer-to-peer protocol is expected to be quite similar to Apple's AirDrop.

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All players mentioned in the article will probably receive no more than the veteran minimum which the Lakers are able to offer. With the 2019-20 regular season quickly approaching, it's fair to expect the Lakers will take action sooner rather than later.

According to a report by Counterpoint, a research firm, Xiomi, Oppo, and Vivo shipped over 24 percent phones in the last quarter worldwide.

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