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Huawei’s Three Closest Chinese Rivals Form Rare Partnership

  • Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo to create a joint file-sharing service
  • Announcement comes as trio keep losing ground to Huawei

Huawei Technologies Co.’s three biggest Chinese rivals, normally vicious competitors, have agreed to a rare alliance in developing smartphone technology as Huawei widens its lead in the Chinese smartphone market.

Xiaomi Corp., Oppo and Vivo will introduce a protocol that allows wireless file transfers between the three brands’ phones without a third-party app. A beta version of the feature, similar to Apple Inc.’s AirDrop, will be available soon, according to press releases from Oppo and Xiaomi. Vivo also confirmed the tie-up via a Weibo post from its official account.