Samsung’s Galaxy S8 might feature PC functionality when connected to a monitor

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  • Chug that haterade

    I’m rather disappointed that BlackBerry didn’t continue pursing their portable desktop strategy. They had a great start with their Blend software but it still could use some enhancements, which I doubt will be coming.

    • Shogun

      Blend was lousy software a no doubt a big reason they abandoned it.
      Fact is you can download a WiFI display adapter app and get yourself a Miracast or Google Cast enabled adapter itself and do the same thing as Continuum or what Samsung is trying to do here.
      Blackberry as usual didn’t hold a candle to that capability

    • Chug that haterade

      Geez… what a surprise, you have nothing to say about something BlackBerry related other than some vague “it was lousy” comment.. While Blend wasn’t perfect, it was far from “lousy”

    • Shogun

      Then why did they discontinue it? They dropped it because it paled in comparison to other offerings and their capabilities. It was a lame effort to say the least. Kinda funny when you think about it and their big focus on ‘software’. lol

    • Chug that haterade

      Ummm… does it work with their Android devices?

    • Shogun

      Ummm….what about their ongoing commitment to BB10 devices out there? Or was that all more BS from Chen and company.

    • Chug that haterade

      Last I checked, BB10 devices were still getting OS updates.

    • Shogun

      Oh get real will ya. That isn’t the same thing and you know it. This is your problem. You can’t bring yourself to even admit a software failure that just didn’t go over well and was discontinued for that reason by this outfit
      Instead you come out with lame excuses like they’re still updating BB10 (once a year if they’re lucky) and that for some obscure reason you don’t provide. Blend was ‘far from lousy”.
      You have some serious Stockholm Syndrome going on with this outfit.

    • Chug that haterade

      Again, I never claimed Blend was perfect but it worked quite well. I could be working on my laptop and respond to BBMs, etc without having to pick up my phone. While it may have not have met your needs (assuming you even used it for more than 5 minutes), it certainly met mine. Could it have been better? Definitely… but what software is absolutely perfect? Heck… Apple and Google are STILL adding functionality and repairing bugs to their 8+ year old software. Not to mention, how many application has Google or Apple shelved over the years? Good to see the new year still has you obsessing over this company as much as ever…

    • Shogun

      You still don’t get it do ya. lol! Blend was designed to foster an ecosystem between a BB device and your other devices, namely a laptop or desktop. The ability to respond to BBM’s was but one feature of the program that worked well enough I’ll grant you that, but the ability to edit/create/save documents and files was piss poor and that was really the essence of Blend.
      Microsoft had a home run with Continuum which is what Blend was supposed to be but as usual, the company executed half-a*s style and couldn’t be bothered to improve it so they threw in the towel. Just admit for once they messed up instead couching your comments with more apologist excuses or what you might have personally used it for. When I had a Passport I intended to use it for more than BBMs and quickly realized it was absolutely useless.

    • Chug that haterade

      You do realize it works for text, retrieving files on your PC, etc. And you can think what you want of the software… I couldn’t care less. You just always seem to have some snide comments about anything BlackBerry…

    • Cowpoke

      Enhancements? That would be like giving a corpse a pacemaker.

    • Chug that haterade

      Riiiiiiiiight… have you even used the software?

  • ciderrules

    Most Android developers are already too lazy to optimize Apps for tablets, so they’re not going to optimize for large desktop displays. Why would I want to run inferior Android Apps on a large monitor when I could simply run better software under Windows or MacOS?

    Even worse, with this looking to be a Samsung solution then possible developer support will be non-existent.

    • MassDeduction

      The key with Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile is that the OS takes care of a lot of the rescaling and adapting for the app (and, by extension, the developer). Would Samsung be willing to put in anywhere near that level of investment into the OS, and would developers support it? Big questions awaiting answers. 🙂

  • lbwc

    This is a Note 8 or Note 9 feature. Probably won’t happen until Android integrates with Chrome OS more closely.

  • It’s Me

    Interesting idea but hardly an “enterprise” feature. Sharing data to a desktop/laptop is a great idea…but using your monitor for your phone display? Seems like a solution looking for a problem.

  • hardy83

    Eh… Until Microsoft or Apple decides to put a full OS on a phone and have a docking station that turns it into a proper computer, these are all half measures to the inevitable future of portable desktops.
    Especially with limited OS’s like Android and iOS.

  • Could this be the natural progression from SideSync?

    SideSync from my S6 to my W10 PC has been useful at times. Also, it allows you to view your phone screen and use it through your PC, mouse, keyboard, etc., wirelessly.

    Perhaps eliminating the middleman (PC) could be next?

  • Cowpoke

    That’s good. And will it feature FE functionality when it’s in your pocket…?
    (FE – Fire Extinguishing)

    • Bruce Wayne

      Oh would you stop with that old joke. It’s dead now.

  • nayab9

    Isn’t this what Motorola did in 2011? Atrix 4G? Anybody else remember?

    What is the difference here?

    • MassDeduction

      Don’t know enough about Samsung’s implementation yet, but Microsoft’s is drastically more robust than Motorola’s. The Atrix 4G was running two OSs, Android when used on the phone, Linux when used on an external display. Microsoft’s implementation is the same OS and same apps, but with scaling and UI elements modified as appropriate to the screen and the input devices. You can be running Excel on an external screen, unplug the phone and keep working with Excel on the phone. And that’s not a different app sharing the data file in the cloud, it’s the same app, just scaled down to the phone’s screen and input options.