Cyanogen announces Nextbit which auto-syncs your apps across devices

by: Joe HindyOctober 27, 2014

Today, Cyanogen announced a new feature to its operating system that it’s been working on for a while now from a company called Nextbit. Nextbit produced is a system-level modification that automatically syncs your applications and games so that you can continue what you were doing on any of your devices.

How it works is pretty simple. Let’s say you’re playing a game on your phone and you also have that game installed on your tablet. Nextbit will sync your game play data from your phone to your tablet. That means you can essentially continue on where you left off, no matter which device you use. It also does this for application data which is helpful if you do a lot of productivity work.

Along with that comes the ability to “shoot” what you’re doing from one device to the next. You could be working on a doodle or a document on your phone. You would then long press the Recent Apps button which would then bring up a list of all of your connected devices. Simply pick a device and Nextbit will open that application on the device you chose and load the project you were working on exactly as it was before.

It’s also worth noting that Nextbit is staffed with plenty of Android veterans including members of the original Android staff as well as additional personnel from HTC, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Dropbox. There are no slouches in this group and that’s always exciting.

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The interesting part is determining where this could be useful because it could be useful literally everywhere. Since it syncs games, you are no longer forced to wait for developers to integrate cloud storage. You also no longer have to engage in the often tedious process of sending a project from your device to your cloud storage (or to yourself in the form of an email) and then downloading it on another device before you can continue your work. For many, this mbe the first time where switching from a phone to a tablet, and back again, may actually sound like an efficient and productive solution.

If you extend the realm of possibility and assume that Cyanogen will support Android TV (which would only be a guess at this point), you could easily be playing a game on your tablet or phone, get home, and continue playing on your TV. Or you could shoot your Netflix from your TV to your tablet and continue watching what you were watching in bed without having to load it manually. The sky is the limit when it comes to possibilities.

Nextbit has the potential to be a really exciting new addition to the Android experience (at least on Cyanogen). Especially for people who own two or more devices. The company has already raised $18 million and is currently hiring engineers. It’ll be very interesting to see how far they go.

  • Nathan Borup

    Wish they had this like a year ago when I actually used my Nexus 7… Now I don’t use it at all

  • Marcellus1

    Looks really cool. I don’t switch between devices much, though, so I’m not sure I would personally get much use out if this. I wonder if this would work with hangouts voice calling…

  • Ender

    Hopefully you’ll be able to use this to back up your settings preferences so that after a full wipe you’ll just be able to restore everything without going through all your own changes to settings. Also sounds like pushbullet (which is great) on steroids. I’m excited for this

  • Shark Bait

    Sounds pretty sweet, I got annoyed with all cyanogens changes, but this one sounds pretty sweet. I hope pa borrow the idea !

    • Pete Best

      If it’s made open source, the other roms will get it!

      • Shark Bait

        Indeed, although I’m on stock ATM for some lollipop goodness so I’ll be waiting a while i guess

        • patrickw

          No goodness in lollipop….

  • Ben Young

    I was in the private alpha, it’s pretty cool, honestly I just don’t use my tablet too much. I found myself using the feature just to use the feature, rather than actually utilizing it for any purpose.

  • Ishmeet kalra

    If something like this existed for multirom it would have been awesome

  • crutchcorn

    :O This… Is AMAZING!!!!!

  • The Riddle

    I miss Cyanogemod, I’m waiting for them to come out with a version of their software for the LG G3

  • TheSony/AppleFanatic

    I’m going to go on a whim here and point out this was clearly inspired from Continuity, but regardless it’s great to see this stuff on other platforms.

  • This is the basic feature every one wants , we shouldn’t depend on third-party people..

  • smokebomb

    I’ll admit, this is the one place where Apple has android beat.

  • Abhijit

    A windows app will be very useful.

  • JayQ330

    I had Dropbox set up to do this in my most used ? app’s, & it works great. If Dropbox would have done this with smartphones, NFC would of naturally followed…in surprised if isn’t offered as an exposed add-on.