Intel’s Unison app will let PCs text, call and share files from iPhones and Android devices

New Intel PCs will soon have a feature Macs have had for years: the ability to text, take calls, and send files to their iPhones. That’s all thanks to Intel’s Unison app, which aims to keep Windows users engaged in their workflow without getting distracted by their phones. And yes, it also works with Android devices.

After acquiring Israeli company Screenovate last year, Intel revamped its phone integration tool to cater to more demanding users. Unison supports VPNs, firewalls and IT management. Intel also paid special attention to battery efficiency, as well as juggling wireless connections across Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular. The result is something that could be more useful than Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows, which looks very polished but only works with Android phones.

According to Josh Newman, Intel’s vice president of mobile innovation, Unison will offer fast file transfers between phones and computers. (We’re still waiting for more details on actual connection speeds.) For example, you could quickly snap a photo or video on your phone and transfer it to your Windows computer for further editing. The app also allows you to transfer files from your PC to your phone.

As a lifelong Windows user who can’t help but covet the integration between Macs and iOS devices, Unison might just be what many PC users have been waiting for. Still, we’ll need to see it in action before making any definitive judgments, and its limited support could be an issue.

First of all, Intel Unison will only offer a few 12th generation Evo PCs from HP, Acer and Lenovo this fall. Newman says it will head to future 13th-gen Evo systems next year. When asked if it might ever support earlier Intel hardware, Newman didn’t rule out the possibility, but did note that the company wanted to see how Unison worked on a select group of systems first. There’s also nothing stopping Unison from eventually supporting AMD chips, but the companies would need to work together to make it happen.

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