Samsung Link

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Samsung Link
Developer(s) Samsung Electronics
Initial release May 29, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-05-29)
Last release
v1.8.2135
Development status Discontinued on
1 November 2016
Operating system Android (Mobile), Windows Phone (Mobile), Windows (PC)
Website

Redirects to theme store:

content.samsung.com/uk/contents/aboutn/samsungLinkIntro.do

Samsung Link was an application for mobile devices that connected all devices and storage services in one place for integrated search and playback. According to a public release by Samsung:

Samsung Link will no longer be available as of [08:00 a.m., November 1, 2016, GMT+9] according to internal policy (“Effective Date”): Although the Samsung Link service will no longer be supported, all files stored on registered devices and cloud services will not be deleted. You can access those remaining files from each device’s and cloud storage’s website/application.[1]

Before Samsung terminated this service, users could register their device, such as a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet to the same account, and listen to music, share photos or documents, and watch videos on their device remotely. Content on storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or SugarSync could be also downloaded or streamed, although some SugarSync accounts discontinued on 7 March 2014. The application replaced AllShare, which did not require an Internet connection to be able to pair devices.

It is not clear why Samsung took a unilateral decision to terminate the Samsung Link service, and users are assuming that it was a cost-saving measure in the aftermath of Samsung's losses from the Galaxy Note 7 recall. Anecdotal evidence suggests that customers who say they bought their devices specifically for the Samsung Link functionality are unhappy with this decision, but are waiting to see whether Samsung re-instates the AllShare functionality which does not require Samsung to provide an ongoing internet-based service.

Features[edit]

Remote playback and transfer of content across devices[edit]

As well as content on a personal computer, content on devices with the same account could be played or transferred across devices while on the move.

Access content on television[edit]

Using the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) function supported by AllShare, users could play videos saved on their personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or television. In addition, once logged in with the same account, users could also access content on devices connected to other networks or on a storage service on their television.

Auto upload of recorded photos/videos[edit]

Users could choose to automatically upload content on their camera, personal computer, smartphone, storage device, or tablet.

Integrated search[edit]

With the integrated search window, Samsung Link would let users search for content across all registered Samsung devices or storage services with the same account.

History[edit]

The first Web version of AllShare Play Mini was released on February 13, 2012. Installed on Samsung Galaxy S III, it was released on May 29, 2012 as part of the official version of AllShare Play. As an integrated element of Allshare Play, the service was renamed Samsung Link on April 25, 2013.[citation needed]

Availability[edit]

Samsung Link was available on the following devices:

  • BD-HDD
  • Cameras (only applicable to Samsung Wi-Fi models released since 2012)[citation needed]
  • Samsung Galaxy HomeSync
  • Personal computers
  • Smart TVs (only applicable to Samsung models released since 2012)
  • Samsung smartphones, and
  • Tablet PCs.[citation needed]

Note: Samsung Link did not work on Windows 10 by default. If you want to start these application on Windows 10 you should:

1) open file attributes and change compatibility settings,

2) open a command prompt as an administrator and run the application to set the path to it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Customer Support | CONTENT & SERVICES". help.content.samsung.com. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 

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