Samsung launches BlackBerry Hub-like app called Focus, Android only

Samsung launches BlackBerry Hub-like app called Focus, Android only
Rumors about a new mobile application developed by Samsung, which was supposed to borrow some of BlackBerry's Hub functionality, emerged back in May. Fast forward several months and the application is available for download.

The new application is called Samsung Focus and it's been labeled as “unified productivity application,” which allows Exchange ActiveSync, IMAP and POP3 users to better manager their email, calendar, task, memo, and contacts in one place.

But that's not all, as Samsung announced its Focus app offers Direct Push synchronization with Exchange ActiveSync, unified search (email, event, memo, task, contact), as well as the ability to add events or tasks from email.

The application supports the following servers: Exchange Server 2003 SP2/SP3 and above, Google, Naver (IMAP/POP3), Office 365, Hotmail, Outlook.com, along with other server supported by Exchange ActiveSync (IBM Notes Traveler, Groupwise, Kerio, Zimbra, Horde, IceWarp, MDaemon).

Keep in mind though that Samsung Focus doesn't operate any cloud server, it merely connects to the actual mail servers. However, it does store user's account data on the device, but Samsung doesn't access that data at all.

Samsung Focus is fully compatible with most Samsung devices powered by Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and above. There's a catch though, it looks like the application is not available in all countries yet, which makes us believe Samsung has just soft-launched the Focus app in one or more regions to test it.

On a side note, Samsung Focus has less than 500 downloads and a 4.4 star rating on Google Play Store, so it seems that it's been well received by Android users.

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14 Comments

1. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Not yet available in all regions

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Comne to America. We have everything

3. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Not everything. At least the new lot of Note & , we are getting it today while customers in US wait :)

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

We don't have a techie who knows how to make coherent sentences.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Except for brains...? :-) G'Day!

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Just trying to tease Techie cause in his previous post, Techie implied that all Americans are "foolish" because they buy and invent iPhones...! Double standards, eh mate?

6. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

i hope it wont xplode

7. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

...WHOEVER EDITED THIS ARTICLE NEEDS SOME LESSONS IN GRAMMAR AND SEMANTICS CLASS. "On a side note, Samsung Focus has less than 500 downloads and a 4.4 star rating on Google Play Store, so it seems that it's been well received by Android users." THAT IS AMBIGUOUS, CAN I GET ANOTHER TRANSLATION?...

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Very nice! If it has a widget, it would make a great replacement to the feedly screen in Touchwiz...

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And yet sSheeps say that Samsung NEVER COPY but instead innovate from scratch...? Oh well... Now that The "REAL DEAL" Blackberry Hub is out and about, there's little to no reason to download this App... Too little, too late, Samsung! The only problem with both is that BB Hub is available only for smartphones running Marshmallow... That's just ~15% of Android Phones... And this "Focus" App is available only for Samsung Phones... For the time being, at least... Lets hope Google implement it in future Android... Oh well, G'Day!

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Focus doesn't support Twitter, Facebook (Which I don't use, but many do), WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google+ (Yes, some actually use G+), Instagram and many other things and stuff... BBH, on the other hand, support this... Hence I said; Too little too late...!

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

"The only problem with both is that BB Hub is available only for smartphones running Marshmallow... That's just ~15% of Android Phones..." BlackBerry Hub+ services is also available for devices running lollipop, GM. http://mobilesyrup.com/2016/09/08/blackberry-hub-now-available-on-android-lollipop/

14. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Sounds like it still needs a bit of work. BlackBerry android hubs last update was very impressive, it now allows users to differentiate between whether or not they want to go back to what they were doing or check all recent notifications, it works with apps such as whatsapp, facebook, skype, Instagram, viber, texts, calendars, call logs and more. It allows users to add custom views and hide low priority account, the back button takes users back to the universal inbox from whatever app they accessed via the hub. There's also a popup widget that allows users to access custom views without needing to open the app. Apps like this are welcome though, have been waiting for ios or android to do something like this for a very long time.

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