Apple knows how to do things. So much so that it is often the trendsetter. With iPhone 7, it removed the headphone jack and though slammed at doing so by other manufacturers like Samsung, they too adopted it. The same phenomenon happened in 2017 when Apple launched the iPhone X with a notch. Soon, many Android smartphone makers “got influenced” by the idea and incorporated it in their design, tweaking it a bit. The latest news suggests that its ad-hoc service, AirDrop will soon get an Android look-alike as a few Chinese giants are working closely on doing so.
Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi will be joining hands to launch an AirDrop-style Android alternative. The Chinese manufacturers announced the news today on Weibo. The cross-brand file transfer will be a peer-to-peer transfer system that might use a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.
As of now, transferring files between Android devices hasn’t been smooth. Google’s Android Beam, which uses NFC, fell flat on its face. It will be scrapped by Google in Android Q. Oppo’s ColorOS, Vivo’s FuntouchOS Xiaomi’s MIUI, all Android OS using their own versions, will integrate this system. Xiaomi says that other smartphone manufacturers can apply to join this collaboration. To test the upcoming feature, a beta version is in the works which is expected to be released by the month-end.
The official statement on Xiaomi’s blog post reads, “Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo jointly established the “Inter-Transfer Alliance” to achieve cross-brand one-key mutual transmission, bringing users a better file transfer experience. After the call, the inter-transfer function is fast, fast, low-power, no need for traffic and third-party applications, cross-brand file transfer and data migration “one-touch”, and recently open beta.”
To go in detail of the process, this AirDrop alternative will use Bluetooth to pair devices and should be capable of transfer speeds of up to 20MB/s, which suggests it will use Wi-Fi behind the scenes, the same way Apple’s AirDrop system functions.
All hope is not lost as Google already has an alternative, albeit a limited one – Files by Google. The app houses a file-sharing system that anyone can use, provided they have the application installed on their phone. Another attempt by Google is the Fast Share option that will be launched with Android Q.
The three companies account nearly 49% of the Chinese smartphone market and seeing that Fast Share will be a Google Play Services feature, there’s no doubt these firms would want to implement on their solutions more, after what happened to Huawei.