Despite its versatility and openness, Android has never had a full-fledged ecosystem. Of course, Google's operating system has never had any problems with applications, cloud storage and other services. But when it came to something more, then it became clear that Android still grow and grow. After all, it does not allow you to either connect to a computer wirelessly, or transfer data between devices of different brands, without using cloud storage. This happened due to the fact that manufacturers did not even try to unite and do something universal, trying, as a rule, only for themselves. But Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo decided to change the prevailing paradigm.
Android now has a real AirDrop analog
Last summer, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo announced that they had teamed up to work on a versatile wireless technology based on AirDrop. However, since the announcement and until now, nothing has been heard about the development. As a result, some people even began to think that the project stalled, and users who expected a real breakthrough would have to wait until someone more responsible was born. But, as it turned out, all this time the companies worked tirelessly, and therefore were able to launch a new technology now.
Wireless data transfer to Android
Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi teamed up and did something useful
As such, the new development does not have a name, so Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo call it seamless cross-brand file transfer technology. Literally translated, it means seamless cross-brand file transfer technology. It is based on the protocols Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct, but does not depend on the availability of the Internet and allows data transfer between smartphones of these three manufacturers at speeds up to 20 Mbps. This is a pretty good result, close to AirDrop. As a result, even a gigabyte video will be transferred in less than a minute.
Despite the fact that the technology has already left the testing stage, it is still spreading gradually and is available only to a limited number of users. The latest development is compatible with smartphones Xiaomi running MIUI 11 (Android 9.0 and newer) and Oppo smartphones based on ColorOS 7 (Android 10.0). But there is no information about devices Vivo, compatible with wireless data transmission technology. According to the manufacturer's representatives, all details will be disclosed in the near future. At the same time, all devices of the brand, which will be released in February, will be compatible with the technology out of the box.
How to transfer data between smartphones
The new technology appears automatically in the firmware of compatible devices, but it is not presented as an independent function. In smartphones Xiaomi it is built into the Mi Share data transfer mechanism, and in Oppo devices – into the Oppo Share mechanism. Therefore, to see if support for the technology has appeared on your device, go to the appropriate section and check. True, since while its distribution is carried out mainly in China, users from outside of it most likely have nothing to count on.
The decision of three major manufacturers to make a universal data transmission standard is costly. After all, if earlier it was most convenient to exchange files between smartphones of different manufacturers, perhaps, only through the cloud, now you can simply transfer data from one device to another in the same way as the owners do iPhone. This is not only convenient, but also saves time, because the transfer speed using the new technology is quite high, allowing you to transfer not only small files like photos, but also large ones, for example, 4K video.