Back in August last year, three Chinese OEMs — Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo — formed an alliance for the development of a new P2P file transfer protocol to simplify cross-device file transfers. The solution aimed to offer an AirDrop like experience in the Android ecosystem by allowing devices from different manufacturers to seamlessly share files between them. After months of development, it was finally rolled out earlier this year in February and now, a few more manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon.
According to recent posts on Chinese social media platform Weibo, OnePlus, Realme, Meizu, and Black Shark have now joined the P2P file transfer alliance. Thanks to this, cross-device file transfer support will soon be coming to devices from these manufacturers, allowing users to easily share files without the need for any third-party applications. The move is expected to benefit over 400 million users around the world.
For the unaware, the file transfer protocol supports a variety of file formats and it even lets users share entire folders with each other. The protocol supports file transfer speeds in the order of 20MBps over a stable connection, which is significantly better than file transfers over Bluetooth.
As of now, OnePlus, Realme, and Meizu haven’t revealed exactly when the feature will be released on their respective Android skins. However, as a recent report from BusinessWire points out, Black Shark’s new JoyUI 11 already includes support for the P2P file transfer protocol. The company recently rolled out JoyUI 11 for the Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro, which means that these devices should already feature support for the file transfer protocol, along with the company’s latest Black Shark 3 series.
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