Samsung joins the wireless file transfer standard started by Xiaomi, Oppo and vivo

Peter, 18 June 2021

A couple of years ago Xiaomi, Oppo and vivo joined forces to create the Mutual Transfer Alliance (MTA) – a standardized way to transfer files between devices (phones and computers) locally over a 20 MB/s wireless connection. After a few months of beta testing, the feature went live.

Since then other companies have joined the Alliance, a list that now includes Samsung. Besides the original trio, OnePlus, Meizu, ZTE, Black Shark and HiSense are on board, as is Asus and its gaming brand Republic of Gamers.

But Samsung joining the fold is a big deal. For one, it is one of the largest smartphone makers in the world, often holding the #1 spot. Second, it already has its own wireless transfer feature, Quick Share, which was unveiled in 2020 as a replacement for the deprecated Android Beam (and as an alternative to Google’s new Nearby Share). Samsung even released a Windows 10 app earlier this year.

The current members of the Mutual Transfer Alliance
The current members of the Mutual Transfer Alliance

This doesn’t mean that Quick Share is going away, mind you. It is more likely that Galaxy devices (and the Windows app) will be updated to also support the MTA system. The company has not announced when it might roll out such an update.

However, this is a blow to Google, which recently announced plans to add Nearby Share to ChromeOS and may arrive on Windows 10 devices through the Chrome browser.

Source 1 | Source 2 (in Chinese)


Reader comments

Google is not available in China. Samsung has no choice but to join them. And Nearby Share is a bit much more hassle to use than manufacturer sharing apps.

Google isn't available in China... And in my experience Nearby Share is so slow, slower than the Mi Share standard. So this makes sense. And how things work in here is very simple.

No that I understood that these 3 chinese companies and now Samsung can send files to each other's phones... But what about LG's File Sharing? and various other specific manufacturer's file sharing systems, how compatible they are t...

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