After announcing the feature at its developer conference in November last year, Samsung has finally launched the beta app version of Flow. What it does is basically lets you move content and activities between your Samsung devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, smartwatches, and even TVs. Yes, it’s just like Apple’s Continuity feature that does pretty much the same thing, but just for Apple devices. Also Read - NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter uses same chip as Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus One
As of now, Flow will work on select Samsung devices. It is compatible with the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy Tab S. What is different between Flow and Apple’s Continuity is that while Continuity is completely automatic, Flow requires the user to initiate the transfer between devices. Also Read - Samsung rolls out Android Marshmallow update for Galaxy S5 users in India
Flow consists of three main components – Transfer, Defer and Notify. Transfer lets you read, move calls and work across Samsung devices effortlessly. Defer lets you work on whatever you’re working on (document, movie, picture editing etc) and finish it off on another Samsung device. Lastly, Notify makes any television, PC, tablet, or smartwatch compatible with Flow display notifications and text messages. You’ll even get device status updates, for example, it will let you see on your TV if your phone is running low on battery. Also Read - Flipkart Brand Day: From Galaxy S5 to Galaxy Note 4, get up to Rs 7,000 off on Samsung smartphones
The interface of Flow is pretty simple and a basic dialog box pops up showing you all the nearby Samsung devices in range and capable of working with Flow. Even though there is no innovation there, the feature not only lets you browse through webpages across devices, it also keeps into account the scroll depth and opens the page just where you left off.
Samsung Flow Beta is available now in Google Play as a free download.
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