Samsung announces Flow for moving content easily between devices
Samsung has announced a new feature which will allow users to easily transfer content between the company’s array of mobile devices, computing products, televisions and wearables.
The Samsung Flow tech, announced at its Developer Conference on Wednesday, will make it easy to perform tasks like sending video from a Galaxy Note 4 to a tablet, or transfer a phone call to the Samsung television in the living room.
Samsung has explained that Flow will essentially be comprised of three main elements; firstly, Transfer makes it possible to easily shift web content, emails or phone calls to another gadget.
The Defer element is geared towards enabling users to complete tasks at their leisure. For example, Galaxy smartphone users could ‘Defer’ a movie to watch it on the main television set when they get home, or fix a PowerPoint slide when they get to work.
The final component is Notify, which will push notifications to all of your devices. Incoming phone calls will pop up on the TV set, for example, which could be helpful if the phone is in another room or on silent. Users will also see messages and low battery notifications on their other devices, meaning if your smartphone is running low you could get a notification on your Samsung computer or smartwatch.
Samsung has released the Flow SDK to Android developers today, so with any luck Flow will be built into future iterations of apps for Galaxy handsets, tablets and wearables.
The tech will be seen as Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Continuity and Handoff features, which is designed to make it easier to move content between iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite.
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