Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
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Vivo, OPPO and Xiaomi Team up to Launch Cross-Platform Airdrop Alternative

Vivo, OPPO and Xiaomi Team up to Launch Cross-Platform Airdrop Alternative

A user on deals forum OzBargain first claimed over the weekend the retailer would be stocking the phones, saying the next catalogue will feature phones from the two Chinese companies.

The mutual alliance across these brands allow the users to exchange files including - photos, documents, audio files, zip files, videos, and more directly and quickly across cross-brand platforms. Details are scant, but it should be similar to Apple's AirDrop, which allows file transfers between Apple devices over peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connections. Back in 2011, Google launched Android Beam, a file transfer method that depends on NFC.


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.

According to the company, the exchange of files wouldnt use a lot of battery nor would it use 4G data or a third-party app - it is based on Bluetooth. Furthermore, the trio says the new feature supports a variety of file formats. The feature uses Bluetooth and is capable of transfer speeds of up to 20MBs per second. Vivo, Xiaomi, and Oppo can, however, offer their file transfer technology to users via a software update for FunTouchOS, MIUI, and Color OS. A beta version of the service is expected to be rolled out by the end of August.

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