Samsung Flow launches in beta, bringing Apple-style Continuity to your Samsung devices

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Samsung Flow is here to help you seamlessly move from one task to another when switching devices. 

The app lets you pause your task on one Samsung device and pick it up on another, helping you get your work done with duplication of effort. You can grab the app from the Play Store, though it’s still in beta and only works on a limited set of Samsung devices.

Samsung Flow uses Android’s sharing menu to transfer an activity to another device. For example, if you’re looking at a Google Map on your phone but would rather get more detail on your tablet, you can use Flow to send the map over to it.

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Samsung Flow lets you transfer one activity to another device or pause it for later.

Samsung’s Think Tank Blog says YouTube, Twitter, Yelp, and other popular apps are supported. 

You can also defer a task, which puts it on hold until you want to resume that activity later on a different device. Flow then compiles a list of these, which sync to any other Flow-enabled devices.

For now you’re limited to the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S5, Galaxy Alpha, Note 4, Note Edge, and Tab S.

The story behind the story: Samsung often takes “inspiration” from Apple. This is another such case, with a feature that looks a lot like Apple’s Continuity. While it shows promise, it would adhere more to the spirit of Android if Samsung were to eventually open the technology to non-Samsung devices. This way you could freely transfer a video from your Galaxy S6 to a Nexus 9. And the real benefit would come from moving between mobile and a PC.

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