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Vivo, OPPO and Xiaomi form alliance for cross-device wireless file transfer protocol

By Ken Wong - on 7 Jan 2020, 7:13pm

Vivo, OPPO and Xiaomi enable file sharing across their devices with new wireless file transfer system

To make things easier for their users to share files across devices and in anticipation of 5G adoption, Vivo, OPPO and Xiaomi have established the "Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance" to provide users with an unparalleled file transfer experience.

The new wireless file transfer system will allow consumers of these three brands to easily transfer files between their mobile devices without the need for any third-party applications or network data, supporting a wide range of files, including photos, videos, music, documents and more.

“This three-brand partnership aims to bring the millions of OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi users across the world effortless and more user-centric file-sharing,” said Andy Wu, Vice President of OPPO and President of Software Engineering Business Division.

How it works

The wireless file transfer system does not require an internet connection but uses Bluetooth for fast pairing and WiFi P2P (Peer-to-peer) technology for the data transfer, bringing an instant, stable and high-speed connection between devices, as well as low power consumption.

This technology delivers an average transfer speed of 20MB/s. Also, the WiFi P2P technology does not interrupt the WiFi connection, meaning users remain connected and can continue their activities on the device during the file transfer.

When 5G does arrive, average file sizes are expected to significantly increase with the availability of varied and richer content, and that will make solutions like this, even more essential.

Users just need to turn on their WiFi and Bluetooth, or turn on the function under "menu", then select the files that they wish to share. If the other party also has the function turned on, an icon will pop-up to notify the user. Once confirmed, the selected files will be transferred.

Vivo said that they will be rolling this out on all new products from February 2020. OPPO said that OPPO Share is compatible with devices running ColorOS 7 (Android 10) onwards. ColorOS 7 will be rolled out to the Find Series, Reno Series, R Series, and A Series users in Singapore in the coming months.

This isn’t the first file sharing solution available to users. Apple users have had access to AirPlay for a while Xiaomi has included Mi Share as a part of Xiaomi Mi Work office suites and it allows file transfers between multiple devices, to share files, pictures or apps to other devices wirelessly with no need to install any third-party apps or use USB cables.

Working to deliver more than this

The trio call the Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance a collective commitment between vivo, OPPO and Xiaomi to drive the next generation mobile experience. Together, the three brands will continue to openly collaborate to deliver new technological breakthroughs. The Alliance is also looking forward to welcoming more brands to participate and expand the ecosystem in the future. "We will continue to bring more strategic partnerships like this for our users across the globe," said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President of vivo.