Samsung’s Flow toes up against Apple Handoff

Samsung Flow is now available in beta. Photo: Samsung

Samsung Flow is now available in beta. Photo: Samsung

Samsung Flow, the South Korean company’s answer to Handoff, is now available in beta following its official unveiling at the Samsung Developer Conference last November. If you have a modern Galaxy device, you should be able to try it out, but don’t expect it to be exactly like Apple’s offering.

Flow gives Galaxy users the ability to transfer activities between different devices, and “defer” activities that you don’t have time for so that you can pick them up later — without starting from scratch.

You can begin reading an article or watching a movie on your Galaxy S6 on your way home from work, then pick up where you left off on your tablet when you get home. Or find a great restaurant on your tablet and send the directions to your smartphone.

“Samsung Flow isn’t just an application; it’s a platform,” Samsung says. It supports Android’s existing Share action — so it’s already supported by most apps — but developers can integrate Flow directly into their applications if they choose to for even greater compatibility.

But there’s a big catch.

Flow is exclusively for Samsung devices, so if you only have one, it’s no good to you. There will be a Flow application for PC, wearables, and Smart TVs, but only those carrying a Samsung logo will get it.

Some of the features that make Handoff so great, then — like the ability to send and receive messages and phone calls on a Mac, and transfer tasks between iOS and OS X — aren’t replicated by Flow unless you only ever buy Samsung devices, and that’s a shame.

This is just a beta for now, however, so maybe that will change later on. But Samsung doesn’t have a great record when it comes to bringing its own services to third-party devices, so you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up.

Nevertheless, Flow could be tremendously useful for you if you have Samsung smartphones and tablets. To try it out, download the beta app from Google Play via the source link below. It currently supports the following devices:

  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 edge
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Alpha
  • Galaxy S5
  • Galaxy Tab S