Special Networks from Samsung for Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK - dummies

Special Networks from Samsung for Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

Samsung offers two special types of networking for your Galaxy tablet: SideSync and QuickConnect. They each fall in the category of “If you’ve got exactly the right combination of hardware in exactly the right situation, this is the greatest thing since the invention of the electric plug.” If all is not exact, they are temptingly out of reach.

SideSync from tablet to phone

SideSync allows your Tab S2 NOOK tablet to work as an extension of your smartphone: You can control the phone from the tablet, make or receive calls, send and receive text messages, and even drag and drop files between the two devices.

Provided, of course, that the smartphone in question is a current model Samsung device. SideSync doesn’t work with Apple phones, nor with Android phones from other makers. You may have to install a SideSync app on your Samsung smartphone, depending on how current it is.

Samsung offers apps from the Google Play Store. You may need to update the SideSync app on your Tab
Samsung offers apps from the Google Play Store. You may need to update the SideSync app on your Tab S2 NOOK.

There are no details on using SideSync in the Samsung manual either, but you can learn more about the feature by exploring the Samsung website or by calling the Samsung support desk or the support professionals at your cellphone provider … providing your cellphone is supported by this feature.

When you have the component installed on a smartphone or other device and enabled it there, you launch SideSync on your Tab S2 NOOK. Then you’re able to share resources.

A Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK is connecting to a Galaxy Note4 smartphone. The link works at short distances.
A Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK is connecting to a Galaxy Note4 smartphone. The link works at short distances.

QuickConnect from tablet to TV

Here’s another nifty new idea — a way to use both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless system to stream content from your tablet to a large-screen TV or from a TV to your tablet. You can tune into a show and view it on the tablet, or project videos or pictures from the Tab S2 NOOK to the TV.

Sounds (and looks) good, if not great, depending on the resolution of the image and on the proper combination of hardware. QuickConnect works with the latest Samsung TV sets (and a handful of other TVs that have licensed the technology). And there’s the prospect of QuickConnect apps or utilities that can be added to PCs or Macs.

Clearly, SideSync is still being developed. It’s conceivable that there is a not-too-distant future in which your Tab S2 NOOK will serve as a relatively large-screen extension of a compatible smartphone leveraging the best features of each device: cellular and data connection from the phone, the NOOK’s higher-quality camera and screen.

This is the view of the Gallery of photos stored on a smartphone on the larger screen of the Galaxy
This is the view of the Gallery of photos stored on a smartphone on the larger screen of the Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK. The screen of the phone overlays a portion of the tablet.