Intel said on Tuesday that its Screenovate app, which clones many of the functions found within the Windows “Your Phone” app, will now be called Unison and will launch on its partners’ premium Evo laptops.
The new Unison app lets you make calls from your PC, transfer photos and files, and see notifications on Android phones and iPhones. The last feature was largely omitted from the Your Phone app included with Windows, which revolves around Android support.
Intel released the revised Unison app alongside 13th-generation Core chips, codenamed Raptor Lake, at its Intel Innovation conference.
On December 6, 2021, Intel purchased Israeli developer Screenovate, reportedly for $100 million. The company is now part of Intel’s Client Computing Group, although Unison was designed for business and consumers, with support for enterprise management and VPNs, Daniel Rogers, Intel’s senior director of mobile marketing, said at a press conference. recent. . Unison also received a facelift, with a new interface and benefiting from Intel’s knowledge of wireless networks, he said.
Intel hopes to use Unison as a tangible benefit to Evo PC buyers. At this year’s CES, Intel announced a significant expansion of the Evo into peripherals and even commercial desktops and PCs.
And if you’re an iPhone user, you’ll see some tangible benefits. While Microsoft had hoped to expand into Android and iPhones after its Windows Phone ambitions failed, the company largely abandoned the iPhone as a device that could be fully integrated into Windows. (Instead, Microsoft has improved its application experiences, with Outlook and other applications.) Unison can help address this deficiency.
Other than that, a demonstration of Unison technology looked, in concept, very similar to what Your Phone already does: making calls from a PC over a phone’s Bluetooth connection, sending and replying to text messages, connecting to phone, show notifications and transfer photos and files. Your phone doesn’t focus as much on transferring files, though Windows’ nearby sharing feature helps mitigate that omission. Simply upload and save files to the cloud too.
Purchasing Screenovate was therefore a little tricky. But Intel seems to recognize that providing more benefits to Evo customers can help benefit the platform. Executives may also be considering creating a suite of apps for Evo buyers that could eventually grow into a service and a subscription. As Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said, that’s pretty much the purpose of Windows.