There’s no real dearth of productivity services on the Android platform, but Samsung clearly feels there’s space for one more. At the sidelines of CES 2017, the company has launched a new app called Samsung Focus, which combines emails, calendar, and contacts with features like unified view and universal search. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch date revealed: Check expected specs and price in India
Samsung Focus is described as an ‘unified productivity application’, and it offers all the information at one place in a card format, which reminds us of Google Now. On the homescreen, the Focus Tab shows all the appointments, and other important messages in different cards. You can also set the tab to notify whenever a registered keyword pops up in an email or schedule, as well as give certain contacts more priority over others. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests
The universal search functionality lets you immediately look up for something from within emails, contacts, memos, or calendar. At the bottom, a navigation bar lets you quickly access the different services. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsApp
Samsung Focus with services like IMAP, POP3, and Exchange ActiveSync, to merge various work-related items into one interface. It supports Exchange Server 2003 SP2/SP3 and above, Google, Naver (IMAP/POP3), Office 365, Hotmail, and Outlook.com. The app description clearly mentions that Samsung cannot access any of the user data — “Samsung Focus does not operate any cloud servers. It connects only to the actual mail servers. It stores your account’s data on the device, and Samsung Electronics never access any user data.”
On paper the app sounds quite interesting, especially for those who need powerful services to keep their work-related stuff in order. With the app restricted to its own devices, Samsung is ensuring users don’t have to rely on multiple third-party services. If you have a Samsung smartphone running on Android Marshmallow and above, you can head over to the Google Play Store to download the app for free. For those who don’t own a Samsung device, they can use Google’s own suite of apps, or powerful email apps like Outlook Mail or Newton Mail among others.