After teasing Flow in late 2014, Samsung today launched its handoff tool in beta form.
Samsung Flow Beta is now available for download from Google Play. The service will let you transfer content from one device to another, similar to Continuity on Apple’s iOS devices, though Continuity is automatic and Flow is not. You can use Flow to transfer your current activity from one device to another, like from your phone to your tablet, without losing any of your progress. Flow can also let you defer an activity to do it on a different device later in the day. Flow transfers your content using Wi-Fi when the two devices are on the same network or Bluetooth when they’re not.
A couple of instances in which Flow could be useful is sending an address from your tablet to your phone for navigation, or sending an article from your phone to your tablet for reading on a bigger screen.
Samsung Flow Beta is currently compatible with the Galaxy S5, S6, and S6 edge; Galaxy Alpha; Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy edge; and the Galaxy Tab S. Any app can use Flow through the standard Android sharing feature, but developers can build a Flow action into their app to help make transitions between devices more seamless.
Because Samsung Flow Beta is currently limited to a handful of Samsung-made Android devices, it’s likely that only a handful of folks will actually get to try it out. While Flow certainly isn’t the only app of its kind available, I’m sure that there are lots of people that’d at least like to give Flow a try, so here’s to hoping that Sammy expands Flow’s compatibility in the future. The app is currently still in beta, so that’s certainly a possibility.