One of the advantages of being in Apple’s ecosystem is that the company controls both hardware and software, so they get a bigger say in how things work. This has created an ecosystem where a lot of Apple’s products work seamlessly with each other, like moving from an activity from your iPhone to your Mac, from your Mac to your iPad, and so on.
That’s a little trickier when it comes to non-Apple products, but Qualcomm is here to help solve that problem with its new cross-platform technology called Qualcomm Snapdragon Seamless.
The idea is that it will link up various Qualcomm-powered devices together to create a, well, seamless user experience that will allow users to share peripherals, data, and more, pretty much in the same vein as Apple’s own ecosystem.
As you know, Qualcomm’s chipset technology powers a good many of our modern day gadgets, such as our mobile phones, our tablets, smartwatches, audio devices, and even some laptop PCs. With Qualcomm Snapdragon Seamless, it will allow all those devices to work together in harmony.
For example, Qualcomm envisions how mice and keyboards can be used across PCs, phones, and tablets. Files and folders can also be dragged and dropped across various devices, and earbuds can also switch audio sources depending on priority (like if you’re listening to music on your smartphone but pause it to watch a video on your laptop, it will switch automatically).
According to Qualcomm, they are working with companies such as Microsoft, Android, Xiaomi, Honor, Lenovo, and OPPO to deliver Snapdragon Seamless devices starting early next year.
That being said, while it is interesting to see Qualcomm attempt this, in real-life it might not be as easy to pull off. Since unlike Apple, the adoption of Snapdragon Seamless will be highly dependent on manufacturers. It might not necessarily be available across a company’s entire product lineup either, which means that it might be tricky for customers to find a product that they like and suits their needs, while also sporting Snapdragon Seamless technology.
Only time will tell if Qualcomm can pull it off, but for now we have to applaud their efforts.