Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo have introduced they have collaborated to deliver an AirDrop-like file-sharing function to their phones. They call the initiative the Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance, a terrible name to supply a remarkable new feature.

The new wireless file switch device will work like AirDrop however solely on Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo phones. It won’t be coming to Samsung, OnePlus or any other manufacturer for now so this is no longer an Android-wide feature, unfortunately.

The characteristic makes use of Bluetooth to pair and Wi-Fi to share, promising an average switch speed of 20MB/s and will an alternative in the share sheet in the OS. It skill customers of these smartphone brands will be able to share files with every different when nearby, except a statistics connection lots like Apple users revel in with AirDrop between iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are a long way extra popular in their native China, so this will possibly be large news for that market. But with Xiaomi and Oppo in unique growing in Europe and formally selling telephones in the UK, it should be a on hand niche characteristic that you and your Android-toting friends will be capable to show off and use.

Vivo says that “this feature will be progressively rolled out on new vivo products in unique markets from February 2020.” We’ve asked Vivo to make clear this assertion as it suggests the file sharing machine won’t be worldwide, and won’t come to existing Vivo phones, only new ones.

The beneath Xiaomi tweet said that “launch dates may also fluctuate relying on smartphone brand and system model”, which is just as unclear.