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OnePlus, Realme, Black Shark, and Meizu are joining the unified file transfer alliance

A simple feature that all of us need

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In 2019, Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo announced a standard protocol for file transfer via an alliance. This meant that the user will be able to seamlessly transfer files between all devices of these phone makers. It’s similar to Apple’s AirDrop feature, but not restricted to one brand’s ecosystem.

Today, it was announced that OnePlus, Realme, Black Shark, and Meizu shall be joining this alliance as well. This will completely remove the requirement of relying on a third-party for peer-to-peer (P2P) file transfers.

Currently, you’ll have to rely on third-party apps like SHAREit to quickly send images, videos, documents, and more. The technology is based on Bluetooth and WiFi, completely eliminating the need for an internet connection. The transfer rate can be as high as 200MB/s.

Several phone makers have their own apps for sharing files using a similar technique. Although the alliance was announced last year, it was finally pushed to the end-user in February, 2020. This alliance is expected to benefit more than 400 million users across the globe.

The new members announced today are yet to provide a timeline on when they’ll integrate the standardized protocol on their phones. But, we expect it to roll-out soon. Thankfully, the feature does not require any additional hardware except for Bluetooth and WiFi and can be released to older phones as well via a software update.

Currently, Android OS doesn’t have inherent support for P2P file transfer. Apple’s iOS and macOS can sync seamlessly due to the closed ecosystem of the company. OEMs are directly trying to bridge this gap and offer users additional functionality by simple cooperation.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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