Finally, Intel makes sure your Android and iOS phones will run Windows like never before

What you need to know

  • Intel purchased Screenovate in late 2021 and is now innovating software for a wide release.
  • Intel Unison will be launched soon on select Intel Evo laptops and will work with iOS and Android.
  • The app extends PC to phone, allowing you to make calls, send SMS, transfer photos, data, and more.
  • Intel is committed to working with everyone in the industry (OEMs, operating system developers) to take an open approach to Unison so that consumers can get the best experience possible.

Earlier this year, I wrote an editorial about how the Google Fast Pair initiative was wrong for the industry. The service is designed to bring your Android phone closer to your computer like Microsoft Phone Link, but it will only work on Choose computers with Choose OEM, meaning very few people will experience it (still hasn’t been launched, of course).

Instead, I argued that companies including Intel, Microsoft, and others must start working together to build this functionality on a basic level. Because only then can the software be powerful enough to become a big deal. While Microsoft’s dial-up connection is arguably “the best new feature for Windows in the last decade,” it is also severely limited. It’s a bit slow, especially with app streaming, and doesn’t work at all with Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone.

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