What is Intel Unison? A new way to control your smartphone from anywhere

Do not wait for the impact until 2023 and beyond, but today Intel closed Aedes, it has developed technology together with the acquisition of Israel, which allows easy manipulation of your phone from your laptop. Union’s goal is to make sure you can stay “in the flow” at work while juggling your phone and laptop. (Now, this will be a late-model Intel Evo laptop supporting the technology).

By allowing access and trigger control from a laptop, Unison aims to reduce the disruptions to workflow that constant device switching can cause. If you’re trying to concentrate on your laptop while checking for phone calls, SMSes, and app notifications on your mobile device, it can definitely break your mind. If completely eliminating those distractions isn’t an option, consolidating them to your laptop screen can help.

To this end, users of the Union through telephones, through the Union connected to their laptop, on the one hand, and calls and Smss from the laptop, and much more, and can receive and initiate. Now some of this functionality is certainly nothing new, but it’s cool from the phone’s side: It should work with Android. and iOS phones, and through possible connectivity exchanges in the population. This sets it apart from other phone/PC connectivity solutions, such as the Windows Phone function.


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In the Middle Building, technology was introduced from a company called Screenovate. Intel acquired the Israeli company in 2021, an innovator in smart-to-projection technology that was working on multi-device display communication and in various forms of crossover experiments. He also used the Screenovate technique and didn’t realize it; Some system OEMs have already adopted their technology and rebranded it in their own solutions, such as Dell with its Dell Mobile Connect.(Opens in a new window) feature (which is, by the way, sunset) and Phonewise HP, which was retired in 2019.

In the development of the Screenovate architecture for integration into Unison, Intel says that there has been a big focus on optimization for the power platform, with precision to the UI and connectivity behavior. Power-related efforts have warned that the Unison, which by its very nature runs in the background, is not a big battery drain on a host laptop.

Many hybrid and remote workers, transitioning from office to home-based work, now boast a collision of hardware and communication technologies, moving in and out of Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth connections, and cellular-only environments. The very nuts and bolts of Unison connectivity are complicated, as the company promises a seamless experience across WAN, Wi-Fi, cloud, cellular and Bluetooth connections, and everything has to work with Android or Android PCs to connect to Unison. or iOS devices.

The key is that similar technology from, say, Samsung might be designed only for one set of Android phones, or Dell Mobile Connect would only work with specific Dell PCs. Windows 10’s Phone and Windows 11’s Link to Phone: meanwhile, are built for Android and only offer a subset of Unison’s functionality. Here, Aedes has a wide selection of phones on the market, mixing whatever connectivity you find yourself in at the moment.


That Unison: First Phase

At launch, Intel says Unison will enable four broad categories of in-PC phone activity: calls, SMSs, notifications and photo file transfer.

The first is to answer or initiate conventional phone calls from a PC, from and through a smartphone. It is simply enough. For SMS messages, users can receive text messages to their phone, view them on their Unisonic-capable PC, and reply to them from there. Texts sent from the Windows desktop can also be sent through the phone.

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The third is to see phone notifications on your laptop, such as from installed apps, WhatsApp or Telegram. Keeping track of these pings all on the central PC reduces the cognitive burden of moving attention back and forth between devices whenever they beep or ping. Finally, the technology can facilitate file and photo sharing between smartphone and laptop, letting you view photos, for example, on Unison’s laptop app.

At the Intel Tech Tour 2022 event, which took place in and around Tel Aviv, Israel, in mid-September, Screenovate personnel demonstrated the technology in a variety of use cases. In one demo, in the middle of creating a presentation on a laptop, a Screenovat representative snapped a photo with a smartphone, called up a photo from his Evo laptop in the Unison Gallery UI (the phone was previously equipped with the Unison app) and drew the image directly on himself.

Intel Unison Demo

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In another scenario, receiving an SMS text in the middle of another mass, he quickly snuck out a reply from the PC without handling his phone at all. And in yet another example (ordering food online, from a laptop), Unison facilitated the process of SMS two-factor-authentication (2FA), which involved the phone as the authenticating device. 2FA code password to the phone demo-lator in SMS; The SMS arrived from the laptop and-voila-I didn’t have to turn on the phone and manually ask for the 2FA code on the laptop.

Unison SMS Demo

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Even initiating a WhatsApp call was as easy as going to the Notification tab and starting the call. Here, in this canned image provided by Intel, you can see the various tabs running down the left edge of the Unison program for calls, SMS, and the like.

Intel Unison UI

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When will we see the building? Intel’s Daniel Rogers, Senior Director for Mobile Client Platforms, said that Unison will launch 12th Generation Core laptops this year, with Acer, HP and Lenovo as partners. No firm launch date for the 13th Generation of mobile chips has been shared yet, but according to Intel, Unison Intel Evo will have more Intel Evo Intel Core designs available in 2023.

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Intel Unison

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What makes Unison different?

Now, of course, similar solutions exist in partial form, in Windows 10 and 11, from phone manufacturers (as mentioned, Samsung is the first example), or from some PC manufacturers. But Unison is uniquely ambitious in making the same functionality available across both iOS and Android.

As it exists today, Unison is built on open and standard APIs and interfaces, Josh Newman, Intel’s president and general manager of mobile innovation, told PCMag. The Unison app’s UI is also a difference maker, especially in the tablet transfer experience. Much attention was paid to design and intuition; Once you’re synced, Unison Gallery’s content should work just as easily with other files on your desktop.

Intel Unison Open Ecosystem

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The fact that Intel rolled out the Aedes first in the Evo is no accident, says Newman, showing that the company wants to get the experience right, and it starts from the type of users who will buy the Evo PC: very mobile, very mobile. connected with the fruits of dogs. Deliberate care is taken in implementing aspects such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi stacks, so the experience is seamless. “We want to keep the expertise as it is,” he notes.

Also, the flexibility of connectivity is important but not easy to achieve when working across wired or wireless technologies. For a smartphone call handled by an Evo laptop, a Bluetooth connection between the devices may be the best, while Wi-Fi will make more sense for file transfer. In some situations, you’ll want the phone to connect to its cellular network and work with Unio via the cloud, and that’s an option too. In contrast, other competing solutions may require, say, a phone and laptop to be on a Wi-Fi network.

The Unison application itself will be Windows software, and will be pre-built on a small set of Evo systems for beginners. (Only supported on Windows 11 22H2 and later.) On the phone side, you’ll need to download the app from the Google Play store or the Apple Store. Depending on your phone’s operating system, you’ll need iOS 15 or later, or Android 9 or later.

In theory, Unison could be implemented as software for other devices somewhere down the line; Newman notes that Aedes isn’t necessarily tied to the 12th or 13th Gen Core Evo platform hardware. Since then, Unison could release the restricted technology for today, to develop other, perhaps larger devices such as kinks.

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