Syncing with the cloud is nothing new. But it usually involves developers using the available APIs from cloud services like Dropbox. Nextbit thinks it can do it better without developers having to do anything new with their apps.
Nextbit’s Baton syncs your Android devices with the cloud at the OS level. You can sync apps from phone to tablet and back without the developer doing anything. Everything is handled by the operating system, no APIs required.
The team demoed the technology at Recode’s Code Mobile event on devices with its own tweaked versions of Cyanogen for Android. Cynaogen is an aftermarket modified version of Android. It’s because of the nature of Cyanogen that Nextbit can get its service to the OS level of a device.
With Baton you can pick up where you left off in an app and use a feature called Pass that lets you push the current status of an app to another device. After enabling Pass, the target device unlocks and launches the app your working in.
Nextbit said that it would be offering the Cyanogenmod with Nextbit in the coming weeks with signups available now. A Cyanogen public release will be available later this year.