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

  • Anonymous
  • 11 Sep 2022
  • PUS

They had the same choice as MTA did to accept them. Had no choice...pffft. The google OS is not allowed in China, as is the app store, but not individual apps.

There is SEND ANYWHERE android app for file sharing via WiFi hotspot.

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.

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