May 19th, 2015

samsung flow

Remember Samsung Flow? It was their response to Apple’s Continuity, a feature that allows you to take what you’re doing on one Samsung device and pick up where you left off on another. Whether you’re working on a document in an office app or in a video call with friends and family, you can seamlessly move what you’re doing from one device to another with little interruption.

The good news today is that Samsung Flow is now in open beta, though there are a couple of catches. For starters, the service is only available to folks in the US at the moment. Samsung also only opened up initial support for just 7 of their devices:

  • Galaxy S5, S6, and S6 Edge
  • Galaxy Alpha
  • Note 4 and Note Edge
  • Galaxy Tab S (we’re assuming it’ll work for all sizes)

It’s that reason that the app is getting a large quantity of one-star reviews over at Google Play. It’s important to remember that this is only a beta, and as such Samsung expects to be able to add more of their devices over time (including support for Flow on Samsung’s Smart TVs, Gear smart watches and computers).

Beyond that, Flow should seemingly provide a pretty robust experience to start. Samsung built the service based on Android’s pre-existing intent-based share API, so many apps in Google Play already support the use of Flow at a basic level. More advanced functionality can be added by developers if they so choose, and Samsung’s development page has all the details on how to do that.

samsung flow beta apps

If you have more than one of the supported devices be sure to give it a try. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for Samsung’s beta program to expand before you’ll be able to take advantage.

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