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Samsung Galaxy ecosystem: what is it, how it works and why is it needed?

by Jeff Tucker


Sooner or later, a manufacturer of “smart” devices of different categories comes up with an idea to conceptually combine these devices into a single ecosystem.

Samsung makes many different devices: smartphones, tablets, headphones, smart watches, televisions. Laptops are still presented in some markets, but we, unfortunately, do not sell them.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra. Photo: Ilya Kichaev / Wylsacom Media

It is convenient to interact with each of the devices using the entire line. For example, you open the case of not yet connected Galaxy Buds or Buds Live, and your Samsung Galaxy smartphone quickly determines that there are some headphones nearby, so let’s connect them.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live and Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 +. Source: Samsung

With headphones, watches, and Samsung smartphones working in tandem, there is another handy thing: nothing else needs to be installed – the smartphone has everything directly in the operating system itself. Therefore, when it’s time to update the headphone firmware, you will simply receive a notification from Samsung itself.

Samsung Galaxy Watch3 and Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. Source: Samsung

Samsung smartphones can be the centerpiece of the entire ecosystem. From your phone, you can control your watch, wearable devices, headphones, write some notes, and then continue working on them already on your Samsung Galaxy Tab. At the same time, all synchronization is seamless. The main thing here is the presence of the Internet. But even without the Internet, you can exchange data between your tablet and smartphone using Samsung Flow. These can be text files, tables, photographs, videos. At the same time, copying works very quickly, and you don’t even have time to pay attention to it. Some kind of magic is simple.

In March 2017, I saw a very cool thing. She was shown at the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S8. This is Samsung DeX – a mode that turns your smartphone or tablet into a full-fledged office work station.

I liked this mode because of the usual logic: most people have enough power from the device that they carry with them everywhere. After all, modern smartphones are more powerful than those computers on which NASA’s lunar missions were calculated (this is a rather formulaic, but working comparison). So why can’t you just connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse to your smartphone and start typing texts and filling out tables – something that is quite enough for most office workers.

And I sincerely do not understand why there are very few brands that would promote the idea of ​​a “computer in a smartphone” (well, or in a tablet, because Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 can also do DeX). It’s very cool and convenient!

Samsung DeX. Source: Samsung

Moreover, Samsung not only promotes the DeX mode, but also develops it: if in the first revision a special docking station was needed for this case, then they got rid of it in favor of the usual USB Type-C data cable, and now DeX also works wirelessly with using MirrorCast technology. That is, just connect your smartphone or tablet to your MirrorCast-enabled TV, and off you go!

Moreover, all office programs are available on this “computer in a smartphone / tablet” – Samsung cooperates with both Microsoft and Google. And given the fact that both companies have cloud sync, seamless work is possible with them: typed text on the Galaxy Tab S7 using a keyboard case, then continued to work on the road on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, and when I arrived at work, I connected smartphone to the TV and made a presentation from it!

They say laziness is the engine of progress. In fact, this is not entirely true. It really drives progress, but it does so only coupled with convenience, without which the widespread introduction of innovations is impossible.

The integration of Samsung Galaxy devices with each other is exactly about this. It allows you to move more freely, work faster, without being distracted by extraneous factors like the thought of “how to share files between all your devices.” In a specific case, they just swam automatically. And this is very convenient.

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