Go with the FLOW: Samsung demos its own take on Apple's Continuity, tying up its device ecosystem


Apple's Continuity is one of the most underrated awesome features that is characteristic for the ecosystem as a whole. It allows you to pick up right where you left off, regardless of the Apple device you are using at the moment, and regardless of what you were doing - working on an office presentation, sending a text, or simply watching video. Microsoft is supposed to introduce a similar cohesion between phones, tablets and computers with its Windows 10 operating system, but not until next year.

Enter Samsung, which just announced an invitation beta of FLOW - its own system for uninterrupted work or play, regardless of whether you are switching from a Samsung phone to its tablets, computers or even TVs and wearables like the Gear smartwatch line. Based on three pillar features - Transfer, Defer and Notify - the Flow service got outed as a pre-release, invitation-only developer access formula by Samsung Research.

Transfer is when you start something on one Samsung device, and continue on another - start editing a document on your phone, then pick it up on your computer, watch video on the tablet, then transfer it to the TV, or commence route navigation on your handset, then finish it up on your watch, and so on. The function will be available as simply another sharing option in the interface menu. 

Defer consists of saving something for a future action on another gear, like booking a link to access it later from elsewhere. Finally, Notify is a comprehensive system for getting actionable notifications across the Samsung device ecosystem, like getting a text while watching TV, and seeing the notification on the biggest screen in the house, and so on. Check Samsung FLOW in action in the video below, and tell us what you think about it.


source: Samsung

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18 Comments

1. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

This is actually the step that brings Samsung truly next to Apple. Actually the phones and any other gadget dont matter, if the eco-system is half-way built. Till now, that has been Apples greatest achievemnt - bringign different systems together through decent ecosystem. We see blabbering Fanboys, who constantly bash other sides phone, watch or tablet - which in essence is pointless, since the differences between compareble devices are slim, if devices are compared only by its own features. I welcom it, since I feel that lacking on Android realm.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google has lacked this But Samsung has SideSync which has some Continuity features And other third party apps like PushBullet and AirDroid have some Continuity features as well Hopefully Google does introduce their version of Continuity between Chrome and Android, and MS between WP10 and W10 The more competition the better :D

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

This feature will end up like svoice after Google release it's own continuity, no one use bloatware svoice when there's Google now. And so does this

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Yea, as if moonshot took you to moon. Stop acting like a noob. Google neither have laptops, nor TVs. I am sure you haven't heard about SideSync. Samsung has been doing this for years now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqQTBVhFYGM If google tries to do this, it will end up like Project Volta. All talk and no result.

11. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Google neither have laptops or TV but they still have Chrome, Chrome OS and Google TV.

15. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Yea, they sound very good on internet. If I count the ratio of google TV vs Samsung TV, it would probably be 10000:1 Same goes for laptop vs chromebook. What was the share of ChromeOS in the laotop market? It's less than even 2% now. And people who get it get it for cheap low price, nothing else.

3. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

So when Apple release something, its not a copy of others works and when others does same thing. Than they copy it from Apple? Can also say, that Apple copied from Samsungs Side Sync and improved it, than called it Continuity. Samsungs got the idea and improved Sidesync. With theirs own version of Flow and idea might come from Apples Continuity? quote: "Good artists copy; great artists steal." Hmm..so Samsung is greater than Apple now? :)

6. Sreddy unregistered

"Good artists copy; great artists steal." What you are quoting: is criminals not artists. Samsung is greater than apple, only time can tell. lets just hope, it doesn’t turn up like side sync.

8. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

That is actually quote of Picasso and used also by late Steve Jobs - "Picasso had a saying -- 'good artists copy; great artists steal' -- and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."

9. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Who cares? Jobs were a thief, that everyone knew and no one cares. Besides: "Crime does pays off"

5. Sreddy unregistered

a great demo, but lets see how it fairs in real life!

12. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

yeah the demos always look like this but i'm sure the general delay (switching between devices) will be much longer and spotty, I'll wait for the reviews

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Learn Samsung learn.

14. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

apple already leaned from samsung SideSync

13. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

this need to be implemented in android on a whole, whether samsung, lg, sony, htc etc with the ability to share with a smart tv

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

As usual, Samsung is proving its inferiority versus Apple.

18. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

... and cnour is a massive shtcnt!

17. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Google already did this lol move from one device to continue what you are doing is 5.0 lollipop.

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