Users will soon be able to move photos back and forth between smart phones, tablets and PCs and extend caller IDs and chat capabilities from the phone to the desktop. The application software made a surprisingly low-key appearance during Intel President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini’s keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, which emphasized placing the user at the center of the computing experience.
Intel Pair & Share, which enables cross-platform sharing of photos over Wi-Fi, and Intel TelePort Extender, which notifies users of incoming mobile calls and extends SMS to the PC, are part of a joint effort underway in Intel’s Software and Solutions Group and PC Client Group.
Intel Pair & Share allows users to connect any Intel PC running Windows 7 with Android and Apple iOS mobile devices to move photos between the devices over a Wi-Fi connection. In the Advanced Technology Showcase at IDF, Intel’s Ellen Chi demonstrated the software by moving photos between an Android-based Samsung Galaxy 2 smart phone, a Toshiba Portege Ultrabook and an Apple iPad 2.
The free Pair & Share PC application will be available for download from Intel in October, as will the free Pair & Share mobile applications from the Android Market and Apple iTunes Store. Following Intel availability, Best Buy Marketplace and other retailers will also offer free downloads of the PC application. The PC application is expected to ship preinstalled on select Acer, Samsung and Toshiba PCs in time for the winter holiday season.
Editor’s Note: Intel Pair & Share is now available for download.
After the applications are installed, connecting devices with Pair & Share is as simple as pairing a Bluetooth headset to a mobile phone according to Chi. “Once you identify the device, you click, you connect and then you enter the code,” she said. On first pairing, users must enter a six-digit code, but afterward devices connect automatically when on the same Wi-Fi network.
Intel TelePort Extender allows users to connect any Android smartphone with any Intel PC running Windows 7 over a Wi-Fi network to receive notifications of incoming calls and engage in chat sessions on the PC. The software can “untie a user from their phone, but still never miss a call,” said Intel’s Balchandani Sonesh who demonstrated the technology at IDF.
A user can connect multiple phones to a single PC and a single phone to multiple PCs. TelePort Extender integrates a user’s phone contact list on the PC, allowing caller ID to display on incoming call alerts that users can choose to answer on their phone or send to voicemail from the PC. In addition, users can engage in chat sessions using their phone’s SMS on a PC and search archived chats.
The free TelePort Extender PC application will be available for download from Intel in late fall, as will the free TelePort Extender mobile application from the Android Market. The PC application is expected to ship preinstalled on select PCs in early 2012.
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