Last year, the three Chinese smartphone makers – Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo – teamed up to work on a standard file sharing platform to enable easier file transfer between their phones. It was known as the “Inter-Transfer Alliance Group.”

This alliance was to form a standard seamless and fast peer to peer file transfer protocol that could be used in their phones.

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It uses Bluetooth and enables fast p2p sharing of files with transfer speeds of up to 20 MB/s.

After being in the beta stage for a while, the three companies, in a joint press release, said that the cross-brand service is going public in February 2020.

The company’s say that the launch date is slated to happen at almost the same time with 5G rollout, which is anticipated to bring an increase in average file sizes. And since Google kicked Android Beam in Android 10, this new standard would prove handy for its users.

How it works

Vivo’s senior VP said the cross-brand file transfer technology, officially known as the Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance, will enable file transfer without using an internet connection.

The protocol utilizes Bluetooth and WiFi, instead. Bluetooth is leveraged to bring fast pairing, while WiFi P2P brings the high-speed connection for fast file transfer.

That means you will have to turn on both your WiFi and Bluetooth first to use it. To transfer files, you have to choose whatever you wish to move from the Menu.

Planning Ahead

The service announced back in August 2018 with three co-founding members. The number has remained the same to date, but it is open to more members. The alliance is looking to include more brands to expand their ecosystem.

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