Ahead of Google’s launch of a fast file-sharing service for Android Q, Chinese manufacturers Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi joined forces to announce a new file-sharing service. It is set to replace Google’s Android Beam functionality (which albeit did not pick up steam in the market). News of the launch was announced on the Weibo accounts of all three companies.
What to expect?
The file-sharing service will not require any third-party apps to be installed. A post on Xiaomi’s WeChat page gives more details about the service. The functionality will require connection via Bluetooth and will deliver transfer speeds of up to 20 MB/s. As mentioned above, no third-party app will be required to avail this feature.
Who will be able to use it?
The service is currently restricted to Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo devices. A beta version of the service is expected to roll out by the end of August. However, the WeChat post also states that other manufacturers are free to join this alliance and enhance the user experience of their customers.
The news of the file-sharing service does not come as a surprise for many. Google’s Android Beam which failed to go mainstream in its devices is set to be replaced in Android Q. Android Beam uses NFC to pair devices. The new feature in Android Q, ‘Fast Share’ will allow Android users to share images, URLs, text snippets, and more with nearby devices without internet.
‘Fast Share’ for Android Q will be a Google Play Service feature. This means that devices sold in China will not be able to take advantage of this feature considering that Google Play Services are banned in the country. That’s why Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo decided to come together and create a similar feature for the Chinese segment. Their functionality will be built in their respective custom ROMs.
We can only wait and see who all jump on this bandwagon. The three manufacturers’ biggest market outside of China is in India, where Xiaomi holds the lion’s share in the market. If other Chinese manufacturers like OnePlus, Huawei, and Oppo-spinoff Realme also join, then this file-sharing service could become mainstream as a majority of Android phones around the world will fall under this umbrella.
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