A few years ago, Xiaomi, Oppo, and vivo joined forces to create the 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. In addition to the original trio, OnePlus, Meizu, ZTE, Black Shark and HiSense are on board, as are Asus and its game brand Republic of Gamers.
But Samsung joining the fold is a big deal. First, it is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, often holding the number 1 spot. Second, it already has its own wireless transfer feature, Quick Share, which was unveiled in 2020 as a replacement for the outdated Android Beam (and as an alternative to Google’s new Nearby Share). Samsung even released a Windows 10 app earlier this year.
This does not mean that Quick Share disappears, remember. Galaxy devices (and the Windows app) are more likely to be updated to also support the MTA system. The company has not announced when it may roll out such an update.
However, this is a blow to Google, which recently announced plans to add Nearby Share to ChromeOS and possibly arrive on Windows 10 devices via the Chrome browser.