Last year, Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo had announced an alliance for a cross-device file transfer protocol. Now, four more smartphone manufacturers — OnePlus, Realme, Meizu, and Black Shark have joined this alliance. The experience offered by the Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance seems quite similar to Apple's AirDrop that was introduced back in July 2011 as an exclusive file transfer protocol for macOS and iOS devices.
With the arrival of Black Shark, Meizu, OnePlus, and Realme in the Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance, the cross-brand solution will reach nearly 40 crore users. The four companies announced the new development through their official accounts on Weibo. The wireless file transfer system that was earlier available as Mi Share on Xiaomi phones and Oppo Share on Oppo phones uses Bluetooth for fast pairing and Wi-Fi P2P (Peer-to-Peer) connectivity for data transfer to provide an average transfer speed of 20MB per second. It also doesn't interrupt the existing Wi-Fi connection of the device, which means that users can continue to access Internet via Wi-Fi alongside transferring their files using the proprietary protocol.
Alongside enabling high-speed transfers, the wireless system supports multiple file formats and doesn't require any dedicated app. Late last month, Black Shark announced the release of Joy UI 11 that will come with the new file transfer protocol. Meizu, OnePlus, and Realme are also expected to offer new experience through their future software updates.