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South Korean electronics giant Samsung makes some of today's most elegant smartphones. Their Galaxy line of Android-powered devices is often hailed as the closest competitor to the throne occupied by the Apple iPhone. Some Galaxy owners use their smartphones as full-fledged computers, using cloud computing services to share data with their desktop or laptop devices, but the Samsung Kies software application does a much better job at keeping devices in sync.
Virtually all modern Samsung smartphones ship with a mini version of Kies that is only used for updating the operating system. The full version of Samsung Kies, when downloaded and installed in a Windows computer, allows the easy management of data between devices. There are three main components in Kies: Air, Sync, and Media Library. Kies Air allows users to manage their smartphones via WiFi connections and a web browser, and it has to be installed on the smartphone from a certified Android app marketplace.
The Sync and Media Library components of Samsung Kies can be downloaded and installed on Windows or Mac OS computers. The graphical user interface is simple and straight forward; the features, however, are very powerful. Samsung Kies syncs everything from contacts in Outlook to videos that are formatted to play adequately on the smartphone. Other media such as photos, text messages and calendar items are efficiently synchronized via USB cable or wireless connection.
The Media Library will appeal to users who enjoy having seamless access to their audio and video files at home, school, work, or on the go. Samsung Kies provides a single library that organizes files intuitively and allows easy rearrangement and labeling through a clear interface. The Kies Media Library is ideal for users who have a massive catalog of songs and videos, as well as those who subscribe to regular podcasts.