Google could soon borrow a useful feature from Microsoft’s Windows 10 to better integrate its Chrome OS into Android phones. According to reports, the company is working on introducing new features in Phone hub on Chrome OS to give Chromebooks the ability to mirror content on the screens of Android phones. This would allow Google to create a more coherent and unified ecosystem around Chromebooks and Android smartphones.
The unconfirmed future functionality was discovered by XDA developer. The release found strings of code in a teardown of the latest version of Google Play services on Android. The code contains language that will bring app streaming to the Chromebook and indicates that this functionality could be available some day in the future.
According to XDA Developers’ examination of the Play Services APK, the code contains the following string:
Chrome without packaging speculated that Google could possibly implement this functionality using the WebRTC standard used in chat apps.
If so, this functionality would be similar to what Microsoft provided through the. has reached Your phone appthat enables Windows 10 users to view their phone screens and notifications from selected paired Android devices. Samsung also has its own solution called DeX for PC, which makes it possible to mirror his Galaxy smartphones to a PC or Mac. This way, not only are you in control of your phone while working on a larger device – like a laptop or desktop – but you can also view content from your phone on a larger display, files and pictures between your desktop and yours share phone and also reply to text messages and chats by using your laptop’s keyboard for more convenience.
App streaming and mirroring on Chrome OS may be part of Google’s Eche project, according to Chrome Unboxed, and could arrive as part of an update to Phone Hub. The Phone Hub app currently allows Chromebooks to manage notifications, view current Chrome browser tabs, and enable tethering.
It is still unclear how Google will implement phone streaming on Chromebooks. Microsoft, for example, allows multiple modes for the Your Phone app. Users can choose to receive phone notifications and make calls from their Android devices directly on Windows 10, or they can opt for an advanced mode where the phone’s entire screen is mirrored in an open window on their Windows desktop becomes.
Currently the App icon for Phone Hub comes with a generic image of a smartphone with a chat bubble, which could indicate a more limited implementation where only notifications – like for SMS and chats – are mirrored onto the Chromebook display. Google has pushed its RCS standard for text messaging as an Android alternative to Apple’s popular iMessage system, and mirroring messages on Chrome OS and on Android phones and tablets would at least give Google the ability to with the offerings of iOS and macOS to match. Full phone mirroring can be a welcome feature, but given that Chrome OS already supports Android apps, its usefulness may be more limited.