Tech giant Samsung Electronics is preparing to launch a text messaging service that can be used on PCs and laptops, a feature that’s similar to Apple’s iMessage, according to news reports on June 26.
To enable users to use text messaging services across different devices, Samsung will join forces with software giant Microsoft to integrate the latter’s phone mirroring service Your Phone into the upcoming Galaxy Note 10, according to business newspaper the Korean Economic Daily.
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The app, which was first launched in March as a beta service, enables multiple cross-device experience by mirroring what appears on the smartphone screen to PCs with Bluetooth connectivity. With the new text messaging service, users will be able to check and send texts, as well as pictures and videos, via their PCs or laptops.
It is not the first time that the Korean tech company is mimicing its rival Apple.
The California-based firm is known for its tightly integrated OS ecosystem, which allows users to access services in real time on a range of products, including iPads and MacBooks. In a bid to offer a similarly seamless UX for its users, Samsung has been pushing for what is called a “multidevice experience” initiative for linking different devices while developing solutions like Samsung Flow, which connects tablets and PCs with smartphones. Such efforts, however, have failed to gain much traction among consumers.
The 10th-generation Note is forecast to be unveiled in early August at Samsung’s annual Unpacked event in New York.
By Kim Young-won (firstname.lastname@example.org)