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Intel Unison: a technology to synchronize smartphone and PC

With its Unison technology, Intel wants to simplify data synchronization between a smartphone (Android or iPhone) and a PC. Enough to facilitate exchanges between devices, if the promises are kept…

For years, IT players have been looking to simplify communication between phones and computers, so as to make data transfers between the two environments much more convenient. Microsoft has thus tried the fusion of genres with its Connected Mobile application – formerly called Your Phone – to facilitate communication between a PC running Windows 10 or 11 and an Android phone. And other manufacturers like Dell, Samsung, Asus or Huawei have followed this example, each limiting itself to its own products. So far, Apple has proven to be the most effective with very simple communication between its iPhones and Macs, collaboration facilitated by complete mastery of both environments, both in hardware and software – the famous closed ecosystem from the shape to the apple…

Today, it’s the turn of another giant to tackle the problem head-on. In the midst of various announcements – official presentation of its 13e generation of Core processors, introduction of its first graphics cards to compete with Nvidia and AMD, demonstration of a stretch-screen PC prototype produced with Samsung – the American giant created a surprise by unveiling a technology called Unison which promises to synchronize a Android smartphone or an iPhone with a computer, thanks to a mobile application and software that will offer rather advanced functions.

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Intel Unison: synchronization reserved for Intel Evo PCs

To allow synchronization between devices, the manufacturer will rely on technology from Screenovate, a PC synchronization software company acquired by the company last year. Intel Unison will allow, thanks to means of connection such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), to transfer files between your smartphone and your PC – the base. For example, you can take a photo with your laptop and edit it the next moment on your computer, but also use a keyboard to edit documents. On the PC, we will also be able to make and receive calls and SMS – with the complete list of contacts on our phone –, and also receive notifications from the smartphone. Other functions may be added later.

Intel will begin rolling out Intel Unison to select Intel Evo-certified computers – a label awarded to laptops that meet specific specifications and deliver high-end performance – from Acer, HP and Lenovo with an Intel Core processor of 12e generation by the end of the year. The application should then be extended at the beginning of 2023 to new Intel Evo certified PCs equipped with the famous 13e generation. Nothing says for the moment if Unison will also be ported to other hardware platforms, and in particular to PCs based on AMD processors: a compatibility that is nevertheless essential to make this promising technology as universal as it is essential, as is the case. of the Apple solution for its products…