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Google and MIT Enable Task Transfer Among Devices 86

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An anonymous reader writes "A new software app by Google, developed in cooperation with MIT, enables one-step task transfers between Android Smartphones and PCs. If you are like me, you transfer tasks from smartphone to the desktop the hard way at least once a day, so let's get together and crowd-poll Google to commercialize this app so it's as easy as taking a picture with our smartphone!"
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Google and MIT Enable Task Transfer Among Devices

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  • Interesting (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Amorymeltzer (1213818)

    Still, for about 70% of uses I think Dropbox would work more elegantly.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      So you're going to download some Twitter and a Facebook to your Dropbox so you can monetize the social media experience that you've cultivated through collaborative integration with business-to-business and client-to-business customers? Will you vertically cover all horizontals in your never-ending quest for innovation and venture-funded entrepreneurship? Groupon.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        So you're going to download some Twitter and a Facebook to your Dropbox so you can monetize the social media experience that you've cultivated through collaborative integration with business-to-business and client-to-business customers? Will you vertically cover all horizontals in your never-ending quest for innovation and venture-funded entrepreneurship? Groupon.

        You're hired.

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        Facilitating high-impact paradigms.

    • by toastar (573882)
      I didn't RTFA, But I transfer apps from my PC to my Smartphone all the time. It's called VNC!
  • Commercialise?!? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by grcumb (781340) on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:16PM (#36564194) Homepage Journal

    ...lets get together and crowd-poll Google to commercialize this app so its as easy as taking a picture with our smartphone!

    Commercialise? Commercialise?!?

    How about we get together and crowd-poll Google to release it under a FOSS license so we can take it and make it do whatever the fuck we want it to, and then share it with a couple million of our closest friends?

    I'd ask the anonymous submitter to hand in their geek card, but I can't bring myself to believe they ever actually had one....

    • I'd ask the anonymous submitter to hand in their geek card, but I can't bring myself to believe they ever actually had one....

      And yet some geeks get a bit of a thrill up their leg when millions of typical people rave about their new linux phones.

    • Tasks (Score:5, Insightful)

      by TheMeuge (645043) on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:37PM (#36564346)

      How about Google release a functional Tasks app for the Android which tens of millions will use, as opposed to this long-unneeded functionality.

      Seriously... no dedicated Tasks app that works offline on Android? What in the world are they thinking?

      • by gl4ss (559668)
        what is tasks in this context? I'm pretty sure they're not talking about moving dalvik processes from the phone live when running to desktop and back.. but if this is just some "text items under category x" then i'm quite sure there's already some apps out there that would provide this for you(or a syncing shopping list app, whatever). also i'm one of those guys though who doesn't want syncing between all his stuff - you know, for some privacy redundancy.

        ok ok so I read some other comments and apparently
  • "A new software app by Google, developed in cooperation with MIT, enables one-step task transfers between Android Smartphones and PCs.

    This whole thing sounds geeky to me. I cannot think of a task started on a phone that I would like to transfer to a PC.

    Please enlighten me...or else I will be one of those who will propagate the fact that Android *is* indeed meant for geeks.

    • I've browsed web pages on the way from my car back to my house, and then had to surf to the site again once I got in front of a desktop. That would be pretty much the only task I'd love to move from phone to PC.
      • by bogaboga (793279)

        What's the deficiency of employing synchronized bookmarks, now possible on both Firefox and Chrome?

      • by jackspenn (682188)
        Are you aware that you can actually push pages to your phone via Chrome Phone Extension? And of course sync bookmarks?

        Did you know that with FireFox 4+ on your desktop and your phone that you can browse not just synced bookmarks, but also browse the currently open tabs one the other device and open those tabs? This feature is great for those days when you read half a /. story, realize you are late for client appointment, rush to get onsite (having to skip morning dump to save time). Finally once onsit
        • by tycoex (1832784)

          That was exactly my first thought. This sounds a lot like the Chrome to Phone extension.

        • by peragrin (659227)

          Chrome to phone only works one way, only works with firefox and Chrome, and can't send anything else.

          You can't send information back to your computer, and no is making plugins for safari, IE, or Opera.

          I want a system to send URL's, back and forth between devices, whether they are desktop, laptops, tablets, or phones.

          Syncing bookmarks is stupid as you have to transmit 50kb or more to send one text sting. and then you delete the book mark when your done so you have to resend everything again.

          I am usi

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Actually the PC to phone has an obvious use-case: Build a custom map on google maps, and then "swipe" the "State" of google-maps to the phone, then you have your custom map/GPS/etc on your phone.

      Also another use case would be Photos: (think from high end cameras and phones, with android) take your pictures, then move the "state" of those pics in a gallery app to the PC for easy moving of pics.

      Shopping list app from the fridge(that may or may not auto-update itself to what is inside/used) to the phone.

      Contro

    • Please enlighten me...or else I will be one of those who will propagate the fact that Android *is* indeed meant for geeks.

      I would love to be able to transfer my SSH session seamlessly from my Desire Z to my ubuntu desktop. But yeah.. it still counts as geeky

    • by Anonymous Coward

      This whole thing sounds geeky to me. I cannot think of a task started on a phone that I would like to transfer to a PC.
      Please enlighten me...or else I will be one of those who will propagate the fact that Android *is* indeed meant for geeks.

      Yeah, +1.
      This propeller-head wireless stuff is way overkill.

      Why can't we just sync over wire to some bloated application that will manage the device, do updates, and perhaps store music?

  • Chrome OS + Android? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Freak (16973) <[prius.driver] [at] [mac.com]> on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:34PM (#36564316) Journal

    Yah, I know, Chrome OS isn't a "desktop" OS, but I could see integrating this with "bookmark sync". Put one device to sleep, and when you wake any 'paired' device, it opens to the same thing. Google Docs, Maps, random website, etc. Chrome OS is a good candidate for this since it's nearly all web-based already.

    I could also see Apple doing this with iCloud. Edit a Pages document on your iPad and put it to sleep, and when you get home and wake up your iMac, it has that document already open. Reverse, too. Have a web page open in Safari on your MacBook, put it to sleep, unlock your iPhone, and that same web page is right there.

    Heck, Microsoft could do this between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, while they're at it... Pretty much anywhere the mobile and "desktop" are the same ecosystem.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    They're saying it will probably only work for web pages, not native apps (unsurprising, since you can't run the native apps on your phone anyway, whatever file you have open may not be synced to your phone, etc.), but that's ok, because mumble mumble cloud mumble.

    But it already exists for web pages, it's called a qrcode bookmarklet for your browser, and any qrcode scanner for your phone (which, unlike this Google-only gimmick, exist for platforms other than Android). And just like this, it's extensible to a

    • Mod parent up! (Though please don't put WTF and idiot in your subject, or you sound like a troll)

      Why are we wasting our time with screenshots when this barcode technology has existed for ages. I'm actually surprised that QR codes haven't really taken off in the US--I guess if the iPhone doesn't support it, nobody cares.

      Thanks for that bookmarklet--it'll come in handy.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:59PM (#36564466)

    I thought this type of transfer is baked into next week's HP Touchpad and webOS phones. Less of an innovation than catch-up for android.

  • Firefox Sync (Score:4, Informative)

    by Drinking Bleach (975757) on Saturday June 25, 2011 @12:06AM (#36564530)
    I've already been doing this, at least for web browsing tasks, with Firefox Sync. It's really the killer feature I think Firefox has over anyone else.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I liked Firefox Sync until I lost all my bookmarks due to the piece of shit. I had some of them backed up, but I turned off the feature instantly.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It may be important to note that Google Chrome/Chromium comes with this feature built in.

      • by mobets (101759)

        Too bad the mobile browser on Android doesn't sync with those bookmarks. Mobile Firefox does sync with desktop Firefox.

  • Serialization (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Spikeles (972972) on Saturday June 25, 2011 @12:19AM (#36564608)

    "The app works by taking a photo of your computer's screen, and, using pattern recognition algorithms, it ascertains what program you are currently running and the document you have open."

    That sounds like a post from TheDailyWTF.. print it out on a sheet, then take a photograph then paste it into a word doc. Why don't they actually do something innovative, like creating a cross platform VM that uses shared memory across multiple devices, so that apps and memory can move seamlessly across them?. Or maybe just implement some kind of serialization into apps. But nooooo.. They had to go and use SCREEN SHOTS and OCR.

    • by Alef (605149)
      As someone who have been using Chrome to Phone [google.com] for a while, I somehow feel that the lastest xkcd [xkcd.com] illustrates what I would like to say...
    • by giorgist (1208992)
      It's not screen shots and OCR. It's more like "camera" meets "bump" which is much better than what you propose
    • by pinkeen (1804300)
      Get the task being transfered to display a QR code encoding the URI. Simple and foolproof solution.
  • Samsung put a similar - but somewhat limited - version in their own Android market. It involved installing software on Windows. On the phone you'd take a picture of the file or filer in explorer, and it would copy that to the phone (the actual file, not the picture).

    Neat idea, but I don't use windows, so no use to me. Can't find it back on my Gingerbread phone, but with Froyo it was in the list.

  • I can wait the minor amount of time to update ED on what color my shit is right this second

  • This app is interesting, because it doesn't require the PC to know anything about the phone picking up its state, or that the transfer is happening. The phone needs only recognize the URI that the PC is displaying, using the phone's camera and the software.

    But what about PC state that isn't in that URI? Like when the onscreen state is composed of more than one URI, like a single window with multiple frames each pointed at a different URL? Or like multiple windows, each pointed at a different URL? Some of wh

  • Some of the suggestions such as "perhaps you were viewing your destination on Google Maps and want to transfer that to your smartphone" are already trivially easy from Chrome or Firefox. Using Chrome to phone I can transfer my Google Maps view to the phone with a single click. Using the phone to take a photo of the screen sounds like just another way to make an easy task hard for the sake of flashy use of technology.
  • this as: "Google and NSA Enable Data Mining Trojans Among Devices" ?
  • I read the article but it looks to me like they are just doing OCR on a URI to "capture" the link to an applet. It then wraps the link into an "icon". Am I wrong?

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