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Samsung Joins Wireless File Sharing Standard MTA

Samsung has joined the wireless file-sharing standard MTA, short for Mutual Transfer Alliance. The South Korean firm is the latest to join the popular file-sharing protocol which allows data transfer over a 20MBps wireless connection.

Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO had formed this cross-platform advanced peer-to-peer file-sharing standard almost two years ago to allow Chinese smartphone users to transfer their data among compatible devices. The standardized file-sharing protocol quickly took traction and multiple brands joined in. Realme, Meizu, Black Shark, HiSense, OnePlus, and Asus are already utilizing the cross-brand transfer protocol. Now, the South Korean firm Samsung has become the latest to come aboard.

Samsung To Elevate MTA Eco-System

Despite many brands already in it, Samsung’s entry will be a major boost to the MTA ecosystem. To begin with, Samsung is a premium smartphone brand with a huge market value around the world. It is the world’s largest phone maker in terms of annual unit shipments and remains the permanent competitor to Apple. Therefore, its adoption of the MTA standard could be pivotal and transform it into a leading file-sharing standard in the future.

Another factor to consider is Samsung’s proprietary data sharing solution, Quick Share. Samsung may not furlough its own sharing app but likely update its devices to render them MTA compatible. This will tie millions of new devices into the MTA standard and elevate its position.

Samsung meanwhile, has not revealed when it will roll out the MTA update to its Galaxy devices. However, it joining the Chinese data sharing MTA circle would be a major blow to Google. The US firm had recently announced its plan to launch Nearby Share to its ChromeOS which would come to Windows 10 devices via chrome browsers to millions of users. But Samsung’s signing up for a Chinese technology could prove a drawback to its mass circulation plans.

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Why Mutual Transfer Alliance?

Mutual Transfer Alliance or MTA is a peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol developed by Chinese smartphone brands Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO. It offers data transfer over 20 M/B speed between compatible smartphones without an internet connection.

Wireless file sharing MTA standard
MTA interface

Smartphone users have to depend on brand-exclusive apps or other third-party apps which don’t offer good speed and are not reliable. As Chinese smartphone brands have gone global, their users have also faced this issue. To address them, Three Chinese phone makers Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO stepped up and launched a standardized file sharing app. Gradually, several Chinese brands joined the alliance and now Samsung has become the latest entry to the club.

Samsung integrating MTA file-sharing standard would raise its stakes in the coming days. In an already crowded alliance, its entry would bring a huge range of Galaxy devices into MTA’s eco-system. Its high-speed data transfer of 20MBps would make it a go-to file sharing app. It looks likely that the MTA file-sharing standard would become mainstream among Android users in a near future.

Check out: How to transfer files from Mobile to PC? Top 5 Methods

How often do you transfer files between devices? What is your opinion on the MTA standard that supports over 20 MBps Wireless file-sharing? Drop your opinions in the comments below.

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