Being a geek, it can sometimes be overwhelming to own multiple gadgets. We show you how to bridge the gap between them and make them work together in harmony. Many companies are taking small steps to enable their products “talk” with each other.
Apple has worked towards this approach in iOS 8 and is calling it ‘Continuity‘. OS X and iOS have been connected like never before. With this ‘Continuity’ approach, texts or calls from your iPhone can be mirrored on your Mac. You can receive calls and reply to messages from your Mac. Or just browse the web on your Mac and continue from the same link on your iPad. But just question. Why continuity?
Because multiple gadgets are different bodies but should have one soul.
Feeling unlucky as you cannot afford ‘continuity’ because you’re not a rich brat? We can help.
We mean, we cannot shower a pot of gold coins on you, but show you how you can establish similar functionality on your other gadgets.
Pushbullet is probably the best way to mirror your notifications from your phone to your laptop. Notifications are even synced so you can click dismiss on a laptop and the notification will be dismissed from your phone, too.
Download it, sign in with your Google account. Follow the instructions to enable notification access. Pick Pushbullet Chrome extension along the way. Open the App and tap the hamburger menu on the upper right and enable the setting for Android-PC Notifications. Once you’ve set it up properly, here is how it looks in action.
Unify the Clipboard.
The clipboard is the storehouse of anything you copy and to enable better integrity between two devices, we need to make sure that we keep the clipboard in sync, that is, when a particular text is copied on phone, we should be able to paste the same in any text area on the computer and vice versa.
Enter ClipSync, which gets the job done, albeit with a bit of setup configuration.
EDIT : Pushbullet offers a similar functionality and I strongly recommend going by it because it just works without any setup. Just toggle the switch in the settings and you’re set to go!
Resume browsing the web from where you leave.
You were reading a great article on the web on your computer and suddenly someone needs to use the computer urgently. To continue reading the article, you can bookmark it to read later. Or better, you can use Chrome Sync.This way, all the data, including open tabs on your computer are synced in real-time and they are magically ready on your Chrome for Android simultaneously.
For the setup, Go to Desktop Chrome settings > Advanced Sync settings and make sure that at least “Sync Open tabs” is selected. For the phone counterpart, first make sure that the system-level Sync has been enabled in the settings menu. You can then turn on sync from Chrome menu by clicking on your email. Head over to Google Support for detailed instructions. As far as we know, other Android browsers do not sync open tabs, but only bookmarks.
Similar functionality can be achieved on iOS by setting up iCloud tabs. Head over to Apple Support for detailed instructions.
Wireless file transfers
If You do a work which needs a lot of hopping between your phone and your computer, it can be unintuitive to transfer data every now and then through a cable, especially when you cannot hold the phone in proximity.
Enter Airdroid,which allows you to wirelessly transfer files over the local network. As the transfer is done locally, it is extremely fast and does not consume data. But there’s more to it. Airdoid also let’s you stream directly from your phone’s camera to the computer, manage files and contacts of the phone on its web interface on the PC. You can also reply to text or answer a call from your PC.
In fact, it seems that it takes the concept of Pushbullet to a whole new level. Basically you can manage your whole phone from your PC.
Always up-to date folders, everywhere.
I maintain a folder locally on my computer for storing all my new blog post ideas and graphical assets. This folder is of utmost importance to me because I do not always work from the same computer. Thereby, I need to make sure that whatever are the contents of the local folder, they must be backed up to the cloud in real-time so I can access them from any gadget. I nominate Dropbox this time. Why? Because of its ability to selectively backup locally stored folder on your PC. [ Dropbox for PC , Dropbox for mobile ]
This is just the start
We’ve discussed several ways of making your gadgets interact with each other and work in cohesion. Ultimately, we have bridged the gap between our gadgets by establishing a link between them.
It’s like that our gadgets can now feel and talk with each other and work in synergy.
Call me sentimental, but expect companies working to bridge the gap between their product line-up so as they can work better together, like never before.