Xiaomi announced today a partnership with mobile phone makers OPPO and vivo on bringing a new wireless file transfer system to consumers in global markets.
This is the latest move of the cross-brand initiative “Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance”, a new system that enables cross-brand file transfer with just one click.
The new wireless file transfer system will allow users of these three brands to easily transfer files between their mobile devices without the need for any third-party applications or network data. This system also supports a wide range of files, including photos, videos, music, documents and more.
The system uses Bluetooth for fast pairing and WiFi P2P (Peer to Peer) technology for the data transfer. This technology delivers an average transfer speed of 20MB/s. Also, the WiFi P2P technology does not interrupt the WiFi connection, meaning users remain connected and can continue their activities on the device during the file transfer.
This wireless transfer feature has been available on MIUI 11. Users of Xiaomi smartphones can experience the feature with Mi Share.
This feature is compatible with devices running Android Pie or later versions (not including Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, Redmi 7A, Redmi 7, Redmi S2, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A, Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8T).
$7 billion investment in 5G, AI and IoT
In related news, Xiaomi will invest more than 50 billion yuan ($7.18 billion) in artificial intelligence and fifth generation internet technologies over the next five years.
Xiaomi Chief Executive Lei Jun made the announcement in a letter posted on the company’s social media account on Thursday, but did not provide specific investment details.
“We need to turn our continuous advantage we have in AIoT and intelligent life into absolute victory in intelligent full scene, and completely cement our king status in the smart era,” Lei said, using the acronym for artificial intelligence of things, a reference to a combination of AI and internet technologies.
Xiaomi faces competition in its home market from rival Huawei Technologies, which captured a record 42% of China’s smartphone market in the third quarter at the expense of other local manufacturers and Apple.