Nextbit's Baton is yet another attempt at making use of the cloud - but if you're an Android user, it's one you'll appreciate. Baton is a framework based in the cloud that allows a seamless porting of apps from one Android device to the other. For instance, you could be working on a document on your phone and then, work on it on another device that has Baton installed.
All your apps, anywhere
Baton is one way to take away the pain of keeping all the various apps synced, especially in an age where people have more than one device. The company behind Baton, Nextbit, is a startup by ex-Googlers who had been dropping hints about a 'really cool' project.
With Apple already creating a 'seamless' experience with its OS X Yosemite with iOS 8.1, it makes sense that an Android alternative would be in the works.
There is no need to modify apps to work on Baton - Baton itself is not so much an app but a framework for apps to work as intended. All you need to do is hold down the 'Recent Apps' soft key and then choose the device you're moving to.
Just pressing said button will waken the target device and you'll near-instantly see the app in the same state as you used it last. Handy for when your phone or tablet is about to die!
One caveat though, the device you switch to needs to be associated to your CyanogenMod account and also be running Baton. Should you not have the app installed as yet, you will be prompted to download it.
What's even more appealing: you don't need to have your apps be tweaked to work on Baton though we'll have to assume your apps play well with the CyanogenMod.
The restore app state function is already being shipped on Japan's NTT Docomo devices and Nextbit is now in discussions with Chinese OEMs. Also, expect Baton to be seen on a OnePlus One in the very near future.
If you want to play with it, Nextbit will be launching an invite-only betra program while the public release will only debut on the commercially distributed Cyanogen operating system i.e. the OnePlus phones.
Nextbit's next plan? To work with local and cloud storage to create what it calls "limitless" storage, to help users who keep running out of space.
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