Intel announced an interesting new feature during CES 2022 that will enable deeper integration between Windows and other operating systems, including iOS and Android. The multi-device support will be coming to the next generation of Intel Evo-branded laptops by the end of this year which will also feature the new 12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors.
The enhanced cross device experience will be made possible through technologies developed by Israeli firm Screenovate, which Intel recently acquired for an estimated US$150 million (~RM628 million). The company was previously responsible for the Dell/Alienware Mobile Connect that allows users to control Android and iOS devices from their Dell or Alienware machines as well as perform file transfers.
During the CES 2022 press conference, Intel has demonstrated how Screenovate’s technology enables an Evo-certified laptop that is running on Windows to send and receive text messages via Apple’s iMessage platform. Additionally, users are also able to extract health data from the Apple Watch, such as heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and ECG readings.
The demo also hinted at other functions that might be inspired by Dell’s Connect tool, including file transferring, screen mirroring, and making phone calls from your Windows computer. The keynote speech also teased a feature that will allow Android tablets to be extended as a secondary display, similar to Apple’s Sidecar.
In general, Apple’s Continuity suite already has all these features and more, but they are restricted to only Apple’s devices with no support for Android, while Intel seems intent on making Windows PCs the centre of all your devices. Meanwhile, Intel has also planned to allow next-generation Evo products to seamlessly interact with Chromebooks and smart TVs.
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