Samsung is keeping your devices connected with Flow, while it partners with BlackBerry to bring better security. Meanwhile, PlayStation is launching a cloud TV service.
The road to connecting devices has been long, and it’s also one we can’t seem to find a conclusion to. We can get our emails and notifications in many devices thanks to the cloud and the internet, but there is no true blur between these different form factors. Ultimately, they all do work separately.
Enter Samsung Flow, the Korean manufacturer’s first attempt at truly bringing all your devices together and turning them into a single ecosystem. The system works with three main features: Transfer, Defer and Notify. Each has its own purpose and is an important piece to this connectivity puzzle.
Transfer allows you to… transfer information from one device to another. Let’s say you start reading an awesome Mobile Geeks article on your computer but you need to head out. With Samsung Flow you can easily transfer it over to your smartphone and get going.
Defer allows you to put off a a task until you are ready to take it on. You can put off a movie, or maybe a spreadsheet – anything, really. Meanwhile, Notify is a simple feature, but one that many of us will love. Notifications will be synced across devices, allowing you to get all your notifications on your smartwatch, TV or any other devices.
Opinion: This is much like Apple’s Continuity, which makes this an obvious move for Samsung. The two giants are probably the only ones that can really do something like this.
Android is known for being a bit unsafe. At least more so than other platforms, but Google, Samsung and others have been working hard on making the platform more secure. Could a security elder like BlackBerry bring some good stuff to the table?
Samsung and BlackBerry are partnering up to bring better security to Android handsets. More specifically, they will use Samsung Knox and BES 12 to offer some great enterprise solutions.
Opinion: This announcement comes as a surprise, but it should put Android in a much better position for the enterprise market. After all, BlackBerry is a brand businesses trust. Trust, brands and marketing can take any business a long way.
The TV business is a bit touchy. It’s an industry that has become way too accustomed to being the leader in media, and they simply don’t want to let go of that. Times change and technology evolved, so now we can cut the wire and finally use the internet as a main source of all data and streaming.
Sony is at the forefront of this movement with its TV streaming service – PlayStation Vue. Today Sony is announcing this subscription service will enter beta this month, launching in the USA. It will be an invite-only service for now, available only for PS3 and PS4 at first. iOS devices, as well as other products will get it later.
No price has been mentioned, but we can expect a full launch to come in early 2015. It will also be based in a month-to-month basis, much like Netflix.
Opinion: This is really the next step in television, and we have been waiting for it for a while. It seems like a solid offer, too. Sony has partnered with CBS, Discovery, Fox, Viacom, NBC, Comedy Central, Food Network, Nickelodeon and more. There will be 75 channels at launch!