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Google wants Android phones and Chromebooks to work closer together



You've already got several options when it comes to linking an Android phone with a Chrome OS laptop, but it's not on the same scale as, says Apple MacBooks and iPhones. Now it looks like upgrades are underway.

New code snippets reported by the Chrome Story Point against Android and Chrome OS work closer together in the future, yet there is no official word when these changes come.

Among the features that are possible along the way is the ability to click a phone number on a Chromebook to instantly call it on Android, the ability to share Wi-Fi passwords between devices and a universal clipboard feature.

They are all tricks that work between iOS and macOS, and Google obviously wants mobile and desktop operating systems to work closer together.

OneChrome to control them all

Currently, they look like work is in progress, and Google hasn't said anything official about them (they weren't flagged on Google IO earlier this month). It may be some time before they actually go live.

For a little extra security, the connections between Android and Chrome OS are encrypted from end to end, which feels anyone who might be trying to cancel what you're copying between devices.

For now, the upgrades are labeled "OneChrome", but it can be changed. They can be packaged with other Android and Chrome OS integrations, such as direct tethering from a registered phone.

Chrome OS already has the capacity to run Android apps of course. There are signs that Google engineers are planning to improve this feature and possibly allow sideloading of Android apps on Chromebooks.

Via XDA Developers


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