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Google might be copying Apple for new Android continuity feature

Android call switching is allegedly in the works from Google, allowing you to link various devices for continuity features akin to those in the Apple ecosystem.

Android call switching header showing a yellow background with an android cartoon logo riding a jetpack past a couple of clouds. It's all quite abstract.

Google appears to be ready to implement a new Android call-switching feature, allowing users to link up various devices for easier sharing between them. This is similar to Apple’s continuity system, though not so much like the upcoming iOS 17 features, which rely more on nearby-device communication.

As shared by Mishaal Rahman on Twitter (via The Verge), Android users might soon be able to head into the settings menu and turn on “Link this device”. Rahman suggests this would enable call switching and internet sharing, though there’s no suggestion of any other continuity features coming to Android.

Call switching would allow you to start a call on one device and pick it up on another, even another phone. Apple’s call switching only allows you to switch between iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but not iPhone to iPhone. Meanwhile, internet sharing could mean one network-connected device could act as the hub for all the others, assumedly without fiddly setup options for hotspotting.

Of course, this looks legit, but who knows if this stays internal – don’t get your hopes too high. One feature that is definitely rolling out is the Android AirTag security feature, so check that out for something that should be on your phone soon.

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For more beyond possible Android call switching, check out our guides to the best gaming iPhone, best iPad, and the latest Samsung phones for some tech that already has continuity stuff.