MWC: Motorola and Lenovo Demonstrate Smart Connect App

Motorola and Lenovo have teamed up on Smart Connect, a Windows 11 app that aims to make moving between devices and sharing content across digital ecosystems a seamless experience. The software solution is designed to make workflows “uninterrupted,” a goal of busy multitaskers. “Smart Connect eliminates disruptions when transitioning between compatible devices by seamlessly connecting core devices like phones, tablets and PCs,” the companies said, explaining it will allow users to “easily amplify everything displayed on their phones onto a bigger screen.” For example, games, movies and TV shows can be moved from phones to TVs.

Or apps transferred from tablets to desktop displays, “for more space to work and play,” per the announcement, which details features such as Cross Control, Swipe to Stream, Share Hub, Notification Sync, Smart Clipboard, Instant Hotspot and Webcam.

Smart Connect “takes mobile multitasking to a new level,” according to Tom’s Guide, calling it basically “a connectivity hub for users with Motorola smartphones and Lenovo tablets.” Compatible devices include Motorola’s Razr, Edge and G phones and Lenovo Tabs.

Tom’s calls “the coolest implementation” how Smart Connect “can detect when a phone has moved away from a paired laptop, and automatically launch a small mirrored smartphone window on the laptop’s display.” This comes in handy when a phone is charging elsewhere or if you want to work with an eye on your phone screen.

While Digital Trends calls Smart Connect “a big step for both Motorola and Lenovo,” it contextualizes it as derivative of functionality that already exists in the Apple ecosystem, saying it will benefit “Android fans who have been looking enviously at Apple Land,” since “it’s a nice taste of what iPhone, iPad, and Mac users have been enjoying for years.”

“As Android phones have begun to mature and plateau in the features they bring to the table, OEMs are increasingly considering augmenting the smartphone experience with a connected device ecosystem,” writes Android Authority of Smart Connect.

The partner companies, who unveiled Smart Connect at Mobile World Congress, say it will be available “in the months to come,” with more compatible devices and requirements to be shared at that time. The app will be downloadable for “any Lenovo PC running on Windows 10 or later through the Microsoft store, and on select Lenovo tablets and Motorola devices through the Google Play Store.”

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