Samsung extends Quick Share functionality to other Android devices

Samsung launched the Quick Share feature last year, introducing it as a simple way to send files, links and other data between your or your friends’ phones, provided they are all Samsung models.

The capability is extremely similar to the AirDrop function introduced by Apple, Samsung trying to offer a more complete solution. The first step has already been taken, with South Koreans collaborating with Microsoft to integrate this functionality into a native Windows application, YourPhone, which will mediate the transfer of data via wireless technology between phone and computer.

Quick Share, Samsung’s alternative to Apple AirDrop is becoming universal

Quick Share for Windows emerged as part of a long-standing partnership between Microsoft and Samsung, who in recent years have worked closely together to bring the company’s phones closer to computers equipped with the desktop operating system. There is already the Your Phone application, which allows you to control your phone from your desktop, and now you can transfer all the content from your phone to your computer and vice versa, without them being connected with a cable.

Quick Share

The next step is based on an initiative called the Mutual Transmission Alliance (MTA), launched by other major players in the smartphone industry: Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.

Thus, the MTA brings forward a transfer protocol that is intended to be universal. For example, instead of a dedicated hardware solution, the Bluetooth connection is used for the initial pairing of nearby devices, after which the transfer of files, images and documents is done by direct connection (peer-to-peer), using the Wi-Fi module of mobile phone. The standard also provides a minimum speed of 20Mbps for file transfers.

The Quick Share application will be available from the Microsoft Store as a native Windows 10 application, and it is rumored that Microsoft is also preparing a service to control this functionality, which will run in the background if you have the application installed. This will allow you to send files from your phone at any time, not just when the application is running.

The list of “wishers” has already been joined by manufacturers ASUS, Black Shark, Hisense, MEIZU, OnePlus, Realme and ZTE, the functionality will be added even on current devices, through firmware updates. However, the plans announced by Samsung they do not have a precise deadline for implementation, and it is not yet clear whether South Koreans will join the newly formed alliance. We will probably find out more details on the occasion of the MWC 2021 event, organized between June 28 and July 1, in which Samsung has already announced its participation.

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