Not content with being a ‘fast follower’ of HealthKit and HomeKit with its Digital Health and Smart Home platforms, and iBeacon with its Proximity Service, Samsung has just announced a Continuity clone, Flow.
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 …
Flow includes the equivalent of iCloud tabs, allowing you to start reading a webpage on one device and then continue on another; the same functionality as Handoff, starting work on a document on one device and then continuing on another; and Continuity-style ability to take phone calls on other devices.
Samsung put together a video demonstrating some of the capabilities, and it’s clear that in concept it’s identical to the Continuity feature introduced with Yosemite and iOS 8, with some differences of execution – including the need to explicitly choose the device you want to handoff to.
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 for Samsung owners.