People today use multiple devices in their daily activities: phones, tablets, laptops, smart watches, TVs, and more. But the way we work is still device-centric. We still use one application, within one device, with data that is tied to that application and device.
Samsung Flow is a platform that enables developers to create seamless transitions across devices, so that people can change devices in the midst of an activity and continue right from where they left off.
Flow is compatible with anything that works with Android’s Share feature: if content can be shared with other apps, Flow can be used to to hand it off to other devices …
The functionality mirrors the Continuity feature recently introduced with Apple with the latest versions of its Mac and iPhone operating systems, Yosemite and iOS 8, but with some differences in implementation.
Flow allows you to do things like start reading a webpage on your phone and then send it to a tablet to continue reading there, start editing a document on a tablet and send it to a laptop to carry on where you left off, and to transfer phone calls between devices.
Work can also be deferred by pushing it to a Flow dock on a specified device, which can then be called up later on that device.
Gizmodo got a hands-on, albeit without the phone features enabled, and said that “it looks like Samsung will be pushing its Continuity clone a little bit further than Apple in some places but not nearly enough in others.”
It’s not yet known when the feature will go live, nor which Samsung devices will be supported.