Nextbit, a company comprised of former Android execs, unveiled a new cloud syncing application called Baton, which is currently being offered as an exclusive beta on CyanogenMod. The app works similarly to iOS 8’s Handoff, or even Google’s own syncing technology in Android 5.0 Lollipop. The kicker, though, is that Baton has a “Pass” feature that allows users to send any app in its current state to another device, giving users with multiple devices the ability to seamlessly switch devices.
Nextbit cites a growing trend in device ownership, which a recent study found would average nine to each household by 2018. The goal is to make switching between them as seamless as possible. But even more than having the same documents and files across each device, Nextbit wants to make the experience such that it seems like you didn’t switch devices at all. Baton, as explained by Nextbit, “is designed to backup and sync the sum total of a person’s apps and data, not only making it effortless to switch between devices, but insuring against the devastation of lost data from damaged or stolen devices.”
“Until now, there hasn’t been a good way to pick up a tablet at the same place you left off on your smartphone,” said Tom Moss, Nextbit CEO and former Android executive. Our mobile activities shouldn’t just be available on a per device basis.”
In addition to Pass functionality, Baton will also back up and restore your apps and data, meaning you’ll have everything you need safely tucked away. As the beta progresses, Nextbit plans on releasing Baton on CyanogenMod first. You can sign up to take part in the beta by going here. Supported devices include the Nexus 5 (hammerhead), Nexus 7 2012 (grouper, Nexus 7 2013 (flo or deb) and OnePlus One (bacon).
“Nextbit is building a future that focuses on the experiences, not the device,” Moss said.