Samsung FLOW is a new platform designed to let apps work across all of your devices. Samsung is releasing a developer preview of FLOW in an effort to encourage developers to create apps that can hand off tasks from your smartwatch to your phone, from your phone to your tablet, or even to your TV.
Samsung says FLOW offers three different use models. You can transfer an activity from one device to the next, defer an activity, or notifying you about an alert from another device.
For example you might be able to:
- Start watching a video on your phone and continue where you left off on your TV.
- Look up directions to a restaurant on your phone and transfer them to your watch.
- Browse a presentation on your phone and save it to edit later on your laptop.
- Receive notifications for incoming phone calls on your tablet or TV.
For now FLOW is Android-only and works with Android’s share intents. Eventually Samsung plans to add support for additional platforms (Tizen and Windows seem like obvious choices, but Samsung isn’t saying which platforms it’ll support yet).
Samsung FLOW isn’t the only game in town: Apple recently launched something called Continuity with OS X Yosemite. It’s a suite of tools that lets your iOS and OS X devices communicate so that you can receive phone calls or text messages on a Mac, for instance, or start using your phone as a WiFi hotspot as soon as it’s close enough to your MacBook for the laptop to recognize it.