The Apple vs Android debate has existed since people realised they were different and probably won’t be going away soon. While there are pros and cons to both, Apple’s Continuity feature – how the company’s devices all play nicely with each other – certainly counts as a big ‘pro’ in our book.
Frankly, we think it’s a little puzzling that Google has taken this long to develop something similar of its own. Which, if the reports are to be believed, is exactly what the company is planning. With a different name, obviously.
That’s according to Mishaal Rahman (via @Nail_Sadykov), who
tweeted posted about the potential feature, noting that it would let you “link your [Android] devices” that are signed into the same Google account.
Google’s own Continuity
Apple’s Continuity is a nifty little feature that allows interoperability between the fruit company’s devices signed into the same Apple ID. It’s mostly small stuff, like unlocking a nearby MacBook when the owner’s Apple Watch gets close. Or using an iPhone as a webcam on an iMac connected to the same WiFi network.
Now imagine all that across a range of Android devices. If Google can gather its wits fast enough, we might not have to imagine for much longer. We’ve already got a basic idea of the features that might be available from the get-go, such as “call switching” which sounds like it could allow users to send calls from one device to another, similar to Apple’s “iPhone Mobile Calls” feature that lets Macs and iPads answer calls.
While Apple’s Continuity has had years to develop new features, Google’s would be starting fresh. We like the idea of call switching, but another feature Rahman mentioned, “internet sharing”, sounds cooler. As Android Authority points out, that sounds like it might offer a simpler and quicker way of hooking up a user’s devices to a nearby personal hotspot.