Samsung has decided to officially discontinue its content-sharing service called Samsung Link. The app was introduced in 2012 when the Galaxy S3 debuted, so it did manage to run for four years before the South Korea giant gave up on it.
Without prior notice, Samsung pulled the plug on Samsung Link on Nov. 1 and cited that it was no longer supporting the service due to “internal policy,” according to PhoneArena.
Despite putting an end to the service, Apple’s rival company noted that users can still access their files stored on registered devices and cloud service. However, the tech giant did not specify for long will this access remain available.
Samsung Link provided an easy way for users to share multimedia and docs, since logged devices can be accessed remotely. The app also provided an easier way to stream content from smartphones to TVs, as per GSM Arena.
Samsung broke the news about the discontinuation of the service via the notification it sent Samsung Link customers, saying: “Please take note that Samsung Link is no longer available as of [08:00 AM, 1st November, 2016, GMT+9], according to a change in internal operation policy.”
Samsung Link was formerly known as AllShare Play because it was launched with the latter name. At the time of its launch, it introduced a new feature to smartphones — automatically saving photos on the PC though they were taken by a smartphone device.
The news about Samsung Link’s demise comes on the same day U.S. product-safety officials announced the recall of over 2.8 million Samsung washing machines that were found to be at risk of exploding when used in high-speed spin cycles, the Wall Street Journal has learned.
The company is apparently having a rough time since the third quarter when it announced the first recall of its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, and the discontinuation of the device this past October.