For years, Microsoft, Google, and Apple have all been working to build interoperability between their various devices and operating systems to provide users with a seamless experience between their smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Microsoft’s integration with Android now lets you view your phone’s notifications from a connected Windows device, send and receive text messages or phone calls, view photos from the phone, and even more.
Apple users have even more options if they use a Mac and an iPhone. But surprisingly enough, Chrome OS and Android lag behind when it comes to interoperability between Google’s platforms.
Although you might think the conversation ends there, Huawei has just entered the ring with its own proprietary Super Device platform, offering the most comprehensive and arguably most intuitive multi-device computing system on the market.
So what is the Huawei Super Device?
Since Huawei no longer uses Android with Google Mobile Services, the company has more freedom to manipulate the platform to enable seamless integration between all of its tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktops. Huawei Super Device is simply the underlying connection platform that enables all the functionality that Android users get with Microsoft’s My Phone platform while also taking on some of the functionality that Apple users also love. .
The connection interface between devices is pretty intuitive, showing the device you’re using in the center of a circle with other paired devices orbiting around the edge. Simply drag an orbiting device to the center of the circle and the connection is established or if you already have one or more devices connected you drag them from the center outwards.
As you’d expect, Super Device allows users to mirror their smartphone screen to their Windows device, but it goes a step further by letting you use up to three apps from your smartphone side-by-side, giving you basically several assign superpowers.
The super device also lets you use multiple devices as one unit, giving you drag-and-drop functionality for photos, videos, and other files between your smartphone, computer, or tablet with mouse and keyboard support on the three. And if you’re working on your desktop or laptop computer and need a second monitor for your work, Super Device will allow you to use your tablet as a mirror or extended screen to give you a larger workspace.
Of course, the main limitation of Super Device is that it’s limited to the Huawei ecosystem and only available on newer laptops, PCs, smartphones, and tablets that run the new unified HarmonyOS. The company is working as quickly as possible to update all devices released in the last 12 to 18 months with the new software, but they still have a ways to go.
It’s a bit of a surprise that the most cohesive multi-device computing platform has come out of Huawei. I hope Microsoft, Google, and Apple pay attention to what they’ve accomplished and are able to add similar functionality to their systems. In 2022, there’s really no reason for our smartphones, tablets and computers to be treated as standalone devices.